Development of a fire danger rating system for universal application
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): W. E. Reifsnyder
Coordinator(s): D. H. Baker; M. A. Fosberg
Publication Year: 1976

Cataloging Information

  • fine fuels
  • fire control
  • fire danger rating
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire protection
  • flammability
  • fuel loading
  • fuel management
  • fuel models
  • fuel moisture
  • human caused fires
  • ignition
  • lightning caused fires
  • precipitation
  • rate of spread
  • season of fire
  • temperature
  • weather observations
  • wildfires
  • wildland fuels
  • wind
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FRAMES Record Number: 35041
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9333
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TTRS Call Number: A13.88: RM-32 DDW
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At the request of the World Meteorological Organization, a hierarchical system for rating forest fire danger was developed. The system uses generally available meteorological measurements to evaluate the flammability of wildland fuels anywhere in the world. The basic framework is that of the US National Fire Danger Rating System. Key elements are adapted from that system and the Australian system.

Reifsnyder, W. E. 1976. Development of a fire danger rating system for universal application, in DH Baker and MA Fosberg eds., Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference on Fire and Forest Meteorology, November 16-18, 1976, St. Louis, MO. Fort Collins, CO, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, General Technical Report RM-32, p. 75-80.