Prediction of fire spread following nuclear explosions
Document Type: Report
Author(s): C. C. Chandler; T. G. Storey; C. D. Tangren
Publication Year: 1963

Cataloging Information

  • disturbance
  • fire case histories
  • fire control
  • rate of spread
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: September 4, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 33418
Tall Timbers Record Number: 7567
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.78:PSW-5
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Mass fires are likely to follow a nuclear attack. Since it is important to the civil defense program to be able to predict rate, duration, and extent of spread of such fires, the Office of Civil Defense, U.S. Department of Defense, issued a joint contract to the Forest Service and to United Research Services, Inc., to study this field. We surveyed the literature, interviewed some 30 urban and wildland fire-control personnel, studied nearly 2,000 fires, collected 1,687 rates of spread, and determined the conditinos when fires would not spread significantly and the conditions when fires would be extinguished in the absence of effective firefighting action.

Chandler, C. C., T. G. Storey, and C. D. Tangren. 1963. Prediction of fire spread following nuclear explosions. Research Paper PSW-5. Berkeley, CA, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station.