History of a small crown fire
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): C. E. Van Wagner
Publication Year: 1964

Cataloging Information

  • backing fires
  • Canada
  • crown fires
  • crowns
  • energy
  • experimental fires
  • forest management
  • fuel appraisal
  • histories
  • Ontario
  • pine forests
  • Pinus densiflora
  • rate of spread
  • surface fires
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 36449
Tall Timbers Record Number: 10827
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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An 80-foot-square plot in a red pine plantation was burned at extreme fire danger as part of a study of fire behavior and effect. When the wind reversed its direction, the original slow-moving back-fire changed within a few minutes to a fast-spreading crown fire. The transition from surface to crowns is described in terms of rate of spread, fuel weight consumed and energy output. © The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Van Wagner, C. E. 1964. History of a small crown fire. Forestry Chronicle, v. 40, no. 2, p. 202-205, 209.