Forecasting diurnal variations in fire intensity to enhance wildland firefighter safety
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Judith A. Beck; Martin E. Alexander; S. D. Harvey; A. K. Beaver
Publication Year: 2002

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • advisories
  • boreal forests
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • coniferous forests
  • dead fuels
  • Douglas-fir
  • FBP - CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction System
  • fine fuels
  • fire behavior prediction
  • fire danger rating
  • fire environment
  • fire intensity
  • fire management planning
  • fire prediction
  • fire suppression
  • fire weather
  • fire weather forecasting
  • firefighter safety
  • firefighting personnel
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • FWI - Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System
  • grasses
  • lichens
  • live fuels
  • Picea spp.
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus densiflora
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pinus strobus
  • plantations
  • ponderosa pine
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • season of fire
  • slash
  • wilderness areas
  • wilderness fire management
  • International
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 14448
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The extent to which the concept of displaying the diurnal variation in Byram's fire intensity on a daily basis during the fire season has been applied in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, to ensure safe and productive wildland firefighting work practices is described. This has been made possible by using the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System coupled with fire weather forecasts and local information on the state of the fire environment in regards to fuel types, fuel moisture conditions and slope steepness. The resulting operational fire management tool has been the development, beginning in the mid 1990s, of the British Columbia Fire Weather and Behavior Advisory and Warning System. Potential areas for improvement in this system are detailed.

[This publication is referenced in the "Synthesis of knowledge of extreme fire behavior: volume I for fire managers" (Werth et al 2011).]

Online Link(s):
Beck, Judith A.; Alexander, Martin E.; Harvey, S.D.; Beaver, A.K. 2002. Forecasting diurnal variations in fire intensity to enhance wildland firefighter safety. International Journal of Wildland Fire 11(3-4):173-182.