The physics of fire whirls
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): B. R. Morton
Publication Year: 1969

Cataloging Information

  • chaparral
  • conservation
  • Europe
  • fire case histories
  • fire management
  • fire whirls
  • Germany
  • mountains
  • physics
  • southern California
  • storms
  • vortices
  • Washington
  • wind
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 13391
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From the text ... 'Several papers on concentrated fire vortices were presented at the 1967 Mass Fire Research Symposium in Washington, and the resulting discussion of dynamical effects on large fires due to organized vorticity ranged from the importance of rotation in fire storms through the structure of fire tornadoes to the role of fire devils in extensive fires. During the discussion it was suggested that a straightforward account of features of concentrated vortex behavior might be helpful to fire researchers, and this paper is an attempt at such a review; it includes discussion of the origin, generation, and amplification of vorticity in fluids, of the macrostructure of concentrated vortex cores, and of the appropriate conservation relationships.'

Morton, B. R. 1969. The physics of fire whirls, Mass Fire Symposium held at he Forest Research Institute and arranged by the Defense Standards Laboratories under the Technical Co-operation Programme. Canberra, Australia. Defence Standards Laboratories,Maribyrnong, Victoria. p. 1-17,