Estimating moisture content of heavy forest fuels
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): R. W. Furman
Publication Year: 1975

Cataloging Information

  • dead fuels
  • diameter classes
  • fire danger rating
  • fuel models
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • heavy fuels
  • moisture
  • precipitation
  • size classes
  • statistical analysis
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 33309
Tall Timbers Record Number: 7450
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-F
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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The specification of moisture contents in forest fuels is an integral part of any workable fire-danger rating system. This paper presents a linear model for estimating the moisture content of the 100-hour timelag fuels. The variables in the model include yesterday's computed value for 100-hour timelag fuel moisture, today's observed 10-hour timelag fuel moisture and a binary variable which is set if rain has occurred in the 24 hours prior to the observation time. The standard error of estimate for a data set of 69 points including 25 days during which some precipitation occurred was 0.65 percent.© Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Furman, R. W. 1975. Estimating moisture content of heavy forest fuels. Forest Science, v. 21, no. 2, p. 135-139.