Prescribed burn fireclimate survey 2-57
Document Type: Book
Author(s): C. M. Countryman; M. J. Schroeder
Publication Year: 1959

Cataloging Information

  • brush
  • distribution
  • fire whirls
  • grasses
  • ground cover
  • range management
  • rangelands
  • rate of spread
  • smoke behavior
  • smoke effects
  • topography
  • weather observations
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: August 6, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39055
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13682
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.62/10:31 DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Prescribed Burn 2-57 was the second of four prescribed burns studied in 1957. In this burn we were particularly interested in studying air flow on the lee side of a ridge oriented approximately at right angles to the prevailing wind. Experience has shown that erratic fire behavior frequently occurs under this situation. Instrumentation and observation methods were such that we could also further explore the techniques for determining local fireclimate patterns and relating these patterns to general weather. Fire behavior followed very closely the wind pattern indicated by the survey. A firewhirl developed in an area where vertical eddy circulation was found, and the fire crossed the fireline at a point where the survey indicated persistent cross-line winds.

Countryman, C. M., and M. J. Schroeder. 1959. Prescribed burn fireclimate survey 2-57. Technical Paper No. 31. Berkeley, CA, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station.