Fire behavior consideration of aerial ignition
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Richard C. Rothermel
Publication Year: 1984

Cataloging Information

  • aerial ignition
  • chaparral
  • climatology
  • convection
  • fine fuels
  • fire control
  • fire danger rating
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire whirls
  • firebrands
  • firing techniques
  • flame length
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • grasses
  • grasslands
  • ignition
  • ignition pattern
  • litter
  • overstory
  • prescribed fire planning
  • rate of spread
  • scorch
  • slash
  • slope effects
  • sloping terrain
  • succession
  • wind
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Aerial ignition devices are being used which can start fires by a succession of point sources or by a line of fire. Through the use of these devices, the fire manager has considerable control of the fire situation. Control of the ultimate fire behavior depends on the ignition patterns and the indrafts generated by the fires. By understanding the expected fire behavior and the fuel and environment, the manager can burn in marginal situations, thereby extending the available burning period.

[This publication is referenced in the "Synthesis of knowledge of extreme fire behavior: volume I for fire managers" (Werth et al 2011).]

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Rothermel, Richard C. 1984. Fire behavior consideration of aerial ignition. Pages 143-158. In: Workshop: Prescribed Fire by Aerial Ignition, October 30 - November 1, 1984, Missoula, MT. Missoula, MT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Intermountain Fire Sciences Laboratory. 16 p.