Wildfire behavior case study of the 2010 Machine Gun Fire, Army Garrison Camp Williams
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Scott M. Frost; Michael J. Jenkins; Martin E. Alexander
Editor(s): Sharon M. Hood; Stacy A. Drury; Toddi A. Steelman; Ron Steffens
Publication Year: 2020

Cataloging Information

  • Army Garrison Camp Williams (AGCW)
  • case study
  • fire behavior analysis
  • fire chronology
  • fire development
  • fire environment
  • lessons learned
  • Machine Gun Fire
  • Utah
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Record Last Modified: October 14, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 62103


Background and Research Objectives: A case study is presented for the major run of the Machine Gun Fire on September 19, 2010, which started within the confines of Army Garrison Camp Williams (AGCW) and spread beyond installation boundaries to the north, destroying three homes and requiring an evacuation of approximately 1600 people in an adjacent community. This fire was selected for a wildfire behavior case study analysis because of its large size and destructive nature in relation to the wildland urban-interface area adjoining the base. Alexander and Thomas (2003) suggest that a wildland fire behavior case study should include, at the minimum, introduction remarks regarding the significance of the fire, fire chronology and development, detailed description of the fire environment (i.e., topography, fuels, and fire weather), an analysis of fire behavior, and concluding remarks regarding lessons learned and significant contributions, if any, to the broader general fire behavior knowledge database.

Frost, Scott M.; Jenkins, Michael J.; Alexander, Martin E. 2020. Wildfire behavior case study of the 2010 Machine Gun Fire, Army Garrison Camp Williams. Pages 267-271 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.