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Type: Poster
Author(s): Robert Ziel; Tami Parkinson
Publication Date: 2019

The Fire Behavior Subcommittee of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Fire Environment Committee undertook development of this poster to provide a job aid to visually and succinctly tie the fire environment components together in one place to compliment and reinforce fire behavior training and teaching moments. In 1972, Clive Countryman defined the fire environment as the surrounding conditions, influences, and forces that influence or modify fire behavior on the landscape. 

Like the Fire Weather Cloud Chart before it, we envision that this poster will have a place in response stations, ready rooms, conference rooms and at training courses to emphasize the importance of the fire environment and the impacts on fire behavior.

Online Links
Link to poster (50.2 MB; pdf)
Citation: Ziel, Robert; Parkinson, Tami. 2019. The fire environment: factors that influence fire behavior. Conference poster.

Cataloging Information

Climate    Fire Behavior    Fuels    Weather
Alaska    California    Eastern    Great Basin    Hawaii    Northern Rockies    Northwest    Rocky Mountain    Southern    Southwest    National
  • fire plumes
  • fuel characteristics
  • humidity
  • precipitation
  • topography
  • wind direction
  • wind speed
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