Spot fire distance from isolated sources--extensions of a predictive model
Document Type: Book
Author(s): F. A. Albini
Publication Year: 1981

Cataloging Information

  • cover
  • fire management
  • firebrands
  • foliage
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • particulates
  • spot fires
  • statistical analysis
  • trees
  • Utah
  • water
  • wind
  • woody fuels
  • Wyoming
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39091
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13721
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.79:INT-309 DDW
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This note extends a predictive model for estimating spot fire distance from burning trees (Albini, Frank A. 1979. Spot fire distance from burning trees--a predictive model. USDA For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-56, 73 p. Intermt. For. and Range Exp. Stn., Ogden, Utah). A formula is given for the maximum firebrand lofting height by continuous flames, such as from burning piles, jackpots of woody fuel, and so forth. This height may be used directly in the algorithm detailed in the earlier work. Also, formulas and graphs are given for estimating maximum spot fire distance when the terrain downwind of the source of firebrands is covered by vegetation of low height, bare ground, or water, rather than forest. This extension is implemented by establishing an "effectiveā€¯ or minimum vegetation height to be used in the formulas given in the earlier work. The effective vegetation cover height so derived depends on the firebrand initial height.

Albini, F. A. 1981. Spot fire distance from isolated sources--extensions of a predictive model. Research Note INT-309. Ogden, UT, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest & Range Experiment Station.