Measuring fire behavior with photography
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): H. B. Clements; D. E. Ward; C. W. Adkins
Publication Year: 1983

Cataloging Information

  • energy
  • fire intensity
  • flame length
  • fuel moisture
  • photography
  • rate of spread
  • statistical analysis
  • topography
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 33622
Tall Timbers Record Number: 7788
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
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Photography is practical for recording and measuring some aspects of forest fire behavior if the scale and perspective can be determined. This paper describes a photogrammetric method for measuring flame height and rate of spread for fires on flat terrain. The flames are photographed at known times with a camera in front of the advancing fire. Scale and perspective of the photographs are determined by includng two targets a known distance apart in the camera view field and applying simple geometry.

Clements, H. B., D. E. Ward, and C. W. Adkins. 1983. Measuring fire behavior with photography. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 49, no. 2, p. 213-217.