Fatal and near-fatal forest fires: the common denominators
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): C. C. Wilson
Publication Year: 1977

Cataloging Information

  • catastrophic fires
  • fine fuels
  • fire case histories
  • fire damage protection
  • fire equipment
  • fire injuries (humans)
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • firefighting personnel
  • fuel management
  • mopping up
  • national forests
  • sloping terrain
  • topography
  • US Forest Service
  • wildfires
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38654
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13264
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
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From the text... 'The data in these tables and in the two additional tables listing "near-fatal” fires (Tables 3 and 4) help demystify these related fire types. It is possible to identify some common denominators of fire behavior in both fatal and near-fatal fires. It should be stressed at the very beginning, however, that all fires differ and the change of one small factor can result in an entirely different picture. A glance through the four tables should convince any reader of the immense variability between the circumstances surrounding each fire. The tables also show that fatal and near-fatal fires often involve so-called "erratic fire behavior” and occur under seemingly innocuous conditions. Finally, we need to examine the potential for future tragedy fires and offer some suggestions and guidelines to the man who is going to be out there on the fire line tomorrow.'

Wilson, C. C. 1977. Fatal and near-fatal forest fires: the common denominators. International Fire Chief, v. 43, no. 9,