During the 1974 fire season the Alberta Forest Service, Canadian Forestry Service, and three other federal agencies successfully completed a short term program of experimental burning in the jack pine forests of northeastern Alberta. A detailed account of the Darwin Lake Project, as it is commonly called, has been published by Quintilio et al. (1977). Two popular articles dealing with the project were also produced (Burbidge and Janz 1974; Fahnestock 1975). Nine plots or units, ranging in size from 1-3 ha, were delineated for burning. Seven experimental fires were eventually conducted and documented over a wide range of weather conditions during a two-week period. The results of the study confirmed the strong relationship that exists between the various aspects of fire behavior and the components of the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI) System.
[This publication is referenced in the "Synthesis of knowledge of extreme fire behavior: volume I for fire managers" (Werth et al 2011).]