Areal rainfall variability and its effect upon forest fire danger rating
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): M. S. Webb
Publication Year: 1968

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • Canada
  • coniferous forests
  • distribution
  • droughts
  • fire control
  • fire danger rating
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • flammability
  • forest management
  • fuel moisture
  • Ontario
  • Picea
  • precipitation
  • weather observations
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38572
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13179
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text... 'Of all the meteorological elements which are known to affect forest fuel flammability and fire behaviour, rain is the most variable in its areal distribution. in its frequency, and particularly in its amount. While the measurement of rainfall is simple, evaluating that measurement in terms of the surrounding countryside is exceedingly difficult. Rainfall observed at one location s little assurance that it also rained as much, if at all, "down the road” or "over the hill”. Without an appreciation of the characteristics of rainfall, the most beneficial decisions regarding presuppression and suppression activities relating to forest fire control (Anon., 1963) cannot be made.' The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Webb, M. S. 1968. Areal rainfall variability and its effect upon forest fire danger rating. Forestry Chronicle, p. 32-38.