Fuel Moisture Sampling Techniques
Media Type: Presentation
Distribution Contact(s):
  • Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Date: May 16, 2013

Cataloging Information

  • DC - CFFDRS Drought Code
  • DMC - CFFDRS Duff Moisture Code
  • duff
  • feathermoss
  • field sampling
  • foliar moisture
  • fuel moisture
  • live herbaceous moisture content
  • live woody moisture content
  • Pleurozium schreberi
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Record Last Modified: May 4, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 24162


In 2012 the AWFCG Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee (FMAC) identified the need to determine live fuel moisture contents as these are direct inputs into fire behavior modeling software currently being used in Alaska (e.g. WFDSS FSPro, Short-Term-Fire Behavior; BEHAVE; and Canadian Fire Behavior Prediction System). Live fuel moisture sampling involves the collection and drying of stems, leaves or needles of selected species of shrubs, herbaceous plants (grasses) or conifers to determine the fuel moisture content. There was relatively little information on how fuel moisture varies spatially and temporally in the state, so the FRDAC, in partnership with the Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC), held an interagency Alaska Fuel Moisture Sampling Workshops in May 2012 and 2013 to train fire staff on fuel moisture sampling. These workshops provided written and hands-on instruction for collecting and drying duff and live fuel moisture samples and entering data into spreadsheets.

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