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Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Bret W. Butler
Publication Date: 1998

There is no question that fire has been and will continue to be one of Mother Nature's major land management tools. What is in question, is the ability of humans to responsibly and safely develop the ability to interact with and use fire. Fundamental fire research focuses on issues as basic as the energy transfer and fluid dynamics occurring in a single burning pine needle, as well as broad scale issues concerned with fire occurrence and spread. Current research efforts directed at increased understanding of the mechanisms governing wildland fire behavior are also being applied to better understanding about firefighter safety zones and the performance of firefighter personal protective equipment.

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Citation: Butler, Bret W. 1998. Fundamental fire behavior research: some of its applications to firefighter safety. Pages 71-74 In: Proceedings of the Canada/US Wildland Fire Safety Summit, Rossland, BC. Fairfield, WA: International Association of Wildland Fire.

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