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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Louis R. Iverson; Daniel A. Yaussy; Joanne X. Rebbeck; Todd F. Hutchinson; Robert P. Long; Anantha M. Prasad
Publication Date: 2004

A method to better monitor landscape-level fire characteristics is presented. Three study areas in southern Ohio oak-hickory (Quercus-Carya) forests were established with four treatment areas of 20 ha each: control (C), burn only (B), thin only (T) or thin plus burn (TB). Two independent measures useful for qualitatively characterising fire intensity were established on a 50-m grid, resulting in over 120 sampling locations at each site, in the burned areas: aluminum tags painted with temperature-sensitivepaints, and logger-probe units that logged probe temperature during bums. Fires were conducted in spring 2001. The logger-probe units allowed five measures qualitatively related to fire intensity or timing to be calculated at each grid point: maximum probe temperature; duration of probe temperature above 30 degrees celsius; a heat index, defined as the summed temperatures above 30°C; time of maximum temperature; and estimated rate of spread. Maximum temperatures recorded by the two measuring systems were highly correlated. Relative to painted tags, logger-probe units provide information useful for assessing some other components of fire behaviour. The temporal recording of temperatures allowed us to prepare a web-based simulation of the fires. Heat index and rate of spread estimates provided additional fire information. The TB units consistently burned cooler than the B units, perhaps because of uncured slash and a disrupted fuel bed in those units.

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Citation: Iverson, Louis R.; Yaussy, Daniel A.; Rebbeck, Joanne; Hutchinson, Todd F.; Long, Robert P.; Prasad, Anantha M. 2004. A comparison of thermocouples and temperature paints to monitor spatial and temporal characteristics of landscape-scale prescribed fires. International Journal of Wildland Fire 13(3):311-322.

Cataloging Information

  • animation of fire
  • Carya spp.
  • climatology
  • combustion
  • convection
  • cover type conversion
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • FFS - Fire and Fire Surrogate Study
  • fire case histories
  • fire dependent species
  • fire equipment
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • hardwood forest
  • heat
  • landscape ecology
  • litter
  • logging
  • oak forests
  • oak regeneration
  • Ohio
  • Quercus spp.
  • rate of spread
  • regeneration
  • season of fire
  • site treatments
  • slash
  • state forests
  • surface fires
  • temperature
  • thinning
  • topography
  • wind
Tall Timbers Record Number: 17488Location Status: In-fileCall Number: Journals-IAbstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission
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