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Title

Wildland Fires and Nuclear Winters: Selected Reconstruction of Historic Large Fires
Document Type: Whole Book
Author(s): Stephen J. Pyne ; Philip N. Omi
Publication Year: 1986

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
large fires; Tillamook burn
Record Maintained By:
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Record Last Modified: December 5, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 56929

Description

Under the nuclear winter scenario, large wildland fires are expected to contribute to a general smoke plume and are considered potential analogues for the behavior of gigantic palls. As a means of testing the reasonableness of current estimates of a wildland fire contribution, the authors reconstructed from the historic record two major events; the Tillamook Burn of August 1933 and the 1910 fire complex in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Both events are near the upper limit for wildland fires - the Tillamook Burn for a single fire. For the 1910 fires, for which environmental data are skimpy, a modern analogue, the Sundance fire (1967), was used for certain extrapolations. Reconstructed fire behavior and estimated smoke production suggest that current nuclear winter models overestimate the magnitude of a wildland component.

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Citation:
Pyne, Stephen J.; Omi, Philip N. 1986. Wildland Fires and Nuclear Winters: Selected Reconstruction of Historic Large Fires.