What are? Types of fire
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief
Author(s): Northwest Fire Science Consortium
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

  • crown fires
  • ground fires
  • surface fires
  • topography
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Record Last Modified: May 15, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 57834


During a wildfire, it's not uncommon to have all three types of fire. The proportion of each type, however, can vary greatly day to day or even minute to minute depending on fuel, topography, and weather conditions. Fuel, topography, and weather drive a fire's behavior, and changes to any of three may cause a ground fire to emerge as a surface fire or a surface fire to escalate into a crown fire, or vice versa.

Online Link(s):
Northwest Fire Science Consortium. 2019. What are? Types of fire. 2 p.

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