Estimating the biomass of hand-piled fuels for smoke management planning - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Clinton S. Wright; Robert E. Vihnanek
Publication Year: 2009

Cataloging Information

  • biomass
  • FERA - Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
  • pile burning
  • piled fuels
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Record Last Modified: October 12, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 7588


ANNOTATION: Dimensions, volume, and biomass were measured for 121 hand-constructed piles composed primarily of coniferous and shrub/hardwood material at sites in Washington and California. Equations using pile dimensions, shape, and type allow users to accurately estimate the biomass of hand piles. Equations for estimating true pile volume from simple geometric shapes and measurements of pile dimensions were also developed to allow users who require estimates of pile volume for regulatory reporting. Biomass and volume estimation equations are being programmed into a web-based calculator to allow users to estimate either value from pile dimensions.

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Wright, Clinton S. and Robert E. Vihnanek. 2009. Estimating the biomass of hand-piled fuels for smoke management planning. Joint Fire Science Project 07-2-1-57. Seattle, WA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory. 15 p.