Predicting wildfires
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Patricia L. Andrews; Mark A. Finney; M. Fischetti
Publication Year: 2007

Cataloging Information

  • catastrophic fires
  • dead fuels
  • fire danger rating
  • fire dependent species
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • firefighting personnel
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel management
  • litter
  • rate of spread
  • thinning
  • wildfires
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 21833
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TTRS Call Number: Fire File
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This article examines the growing number of wildfires in the United States. Forest fires are being fueled by deadwood and debris that have been allowed to accumulate by the caretakers of the land. The use of computer modeling is aiding in the prediction of where fires will occur and is helping land managers better plan their firefighting strategy. Software is emerging that can gauge how future fires might be mitigated by thinning forests or allowing some fires to burn.

Online Link(s):
Andrews, P., M. Finney, and M. Fischetti. 2007. Predicting wildfires. Scientific American, v. 297, no. 2, p. 46-54.