Characterizing fire behavior across the globe
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Paulo A. Martins Fernandes; Ângelo Sil; Carlos G. Rossa; Davide Ascoli; Miguel G. Cruz; Martin E. Alexander
Editor(s): Sharon M. Hood; Stacy A. Drury; Toddi A. Steelman; Ron Steffens
Publication Year: 2020

Cataloging Information

  • biomass consumption
  • BONFIRE project
  • energy release rate
  • field experimental fires
  • fire behavior characteristics
  • fire behavior drivers
  • fire behavior pattern
  • fuel complex
  • global database
  • integrated analysis
  • ROS - rate of spread
  • variation
  • wildfires
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Wildfire environmental impacts and the threat they pose to human live and values depend of how fast it spreads, how much biomass is consumed, and how much energy it releases and at what rate. Nearly every feature of contemporary fire management relies upon the understanding and prediction of fire behavior characteristics and a number of tools have been developed for such purpose. However, no attempts have been made so far to provide an overall worldwide picture of fire behavior characteristics, patterns and drivers. These are the general objectives of the BONFIRE project, requiring compilation of the available fire behavior information from field experimental fires, wildfires, and prescribed fires in a global database and subsequent integrated analysis of variation in fire behavior characteristics. We describe the methodology used to build the database, examine data partition by country, climate, biome and fuel complex categories, and mention the difficulties inherent to the process.

Fernandes, Paulo A. Martins; Sil, Ângelo; Rossa, Carlos G.; Ascoli, Davide; Cruz, Miguel G.; Alexander, Martin E., 2020. Characterizing fire behavior across the globe. Pages 258-263 in: Hood, Sharon M.; Drury, Stacy; Steelman, Toddi A.; Steffens, Ron (editors), The Fire Continuum – Preparing for the Future of Wildland Fire: Proceedings of the Fire Continuum Conference, 2018 May 21-24, Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-78. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 358 p.