Exploratory analysis of the variables affecting initial attack hot-spotting containment rate
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Peter J. Murphy; Paul M. Woodard; Dennis Quintilio; S. J. Titus
Publication Year: 1991

Cataloging Information

  • Alberta
  • boreal forest
  • Canada
  • coniferous forests
  • cover
  • cover type
  • field experimental fires
  • fire containment
  • fire danger rating
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • fire weather
  • flame length
  • flammability
  • forest management
  • fuel loading
  • Picea
  • Picea mariana
  • pine forests
  • Pinus
  • Pinus banksiana
  • rate of spread
  • season of fire
  • spot fires
  • statistical analysis
  • weather observations
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 7505
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-C
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Hot-spotting containment rates were determined for 18 fires of various intensities in two common boreal forest cover types: 8 in jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) and 10 in black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) B.S.P.). Hot-spotting containment rates did not differ significantly between the two cover types. Correlation coefficients showed that hot-spotting containment rates were more closely related to fire behavior than to weather variables measured as part of the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System. Hot-spotting containment rate (HCR; m/man-hour) may be predicted based on rate of spread (ROS; m/min) and flame length (FL; m) using the following model: HCR = exp(6.0140 - 0.1830ROS - 0.1201FL). This model was fitted using weighted nonlinear regression; the R2-value was 0.76.

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Murphy, Peter J.; Woodard, Paul M.; Quintilio, Dennis; Titus, S.J. 1991. Exploratory analysis of the variables affecting initial attack hot-spotting containment rate. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 21(4):540-544.