Document


Title

Fuel consumption and flammability thresholds in shrub-dominated ecosystems - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Clinton S. Wright; Roger D. Ottmar; Sue A. Ferguson; Robert E. Vihnanek
Publication Year: 2007

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • Adenostoma fasciculatum
  • allometric equations
  • Arctostaphylos spp.
  • Artemisia tridentata
  • big sagebrush
  • Ceanothus crassifolius
  • Ceanothus leucodermis
  • chamise
  • chaparral
  • Consume 3.0
  • Esperanza Fire
  • FERA - Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
  • flammability
  • Florida
  • fuel consumption
  • fuel moisture
  • gallberry
  • Georgia
  • hoaryleaf ceanothus
  • Ilex glabra
  • longleaf pine
  • manzanita
  • Montana
  • mountain mahogany
  • New Jersey Pinelands
  • pine flatwoods
  • Pinus elliottii
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus rigida
  • pitch pine
  • pitch pine scrub
  • saw palmetto
  • Serenoa repens
  • shrub biomass
  • shrub consumption
  • slash pine
  • southern rough
  • whitethorn
JFSP Project Number(s):
03-1-3-06
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: November 1, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 618

Description

Fuel loading, fuel consumption, fuel moisture, site conditions, and fire weather were measured on a series of operational prescribed fires in big sagebrush (n=16), pine flatwoods (n=40), chamise chaparral (n=12), and pitch pine scrub (n=7) ecosystem types with a particular focus on consumption of the standing shrub biomass. Multiple linear regression models to predict fuel consumption from fuel and environmental variables are being developed and programmed into the software package CONSUME, an application for predicting fuel consumption and emissions for fire, fuel and smoke management planning. Relations between plant dimensions and biomass, and plant cover, height and biomass are also being developed to allow non-destructive biomass estimation from common and easy-to-make measurements.

Online Link(s):
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Citation:
Wright, Clinton S.; Ottmar, Roger D.; Ferguson, Sue A.; Vihnanek, Robert E. 2007. Fuel consumption and flammability thresholds in shrub-dominated ecosystems - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program. JFSP Project No. 03-1-3-06. Seattle, WA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team. 15 p.