Predicting fire behavior in palmetto-gallberry fuel complexes
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Walter A. Hough; Frank A. Albini
Publication Year: 1978

Cataloging Information

  • backfires
  • BehavePlus
  • fireline intensity
  • flame length
  • fuel models
  • fuel types
  • headfires
  • Ilex glabra
  • palmetto-gallberry fuel complex
  • prescribed burning
  • ROS - rate of spread
  • Serenoa repens
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: September 22, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 8145
Tall Timbers Record Number: 638
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.78:SE-174
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Rate of spread, fireline intensity, and flame length can be predicted with reasonable accuracy for backfires and low-intensity head fires in the palmetto-gallberry fuel complex of the South. This fuel complex was characterized and variables were adjusted for use in Rothermel's (1972) spread model. Age of rough, height of understory, percent of area covered by palmetto, basal area of overstory, season of year, moisture content of dead fuels, and midflame windspeed must be known to make predictions. These fire behavior predictions do not apply to high-intensity wildfires where spotting and crowning are occurring.

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Hough, W. A.; Albini, Frank A. 1978. Predicting fire behavior in palmetto-gallberry fuel complexes. Research Paper SE-RP-174. Asheville, NC: USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. 46 p.