Estimating windspeeds for predicting wildland fire behavior
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Frank A. Albini; Robert G. Baughman
Publication Year: 1979

Cataloging Information

  • crown fires
  • fire weather
  • forest canopy windspeed
  • surface fuels
  • wildfires
  • wind
  • wind influence on fire
  • windspeed profile
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This paper presents formulae, tables, and figures that can be used to estimate the ratio of mean windspeed acting on the flame from a spreading wildland fire to the mean windspeed 20 ft (6 m) above the vegetation cover. The formulae for windspeed above uniform, continuous vegetation cover are based upon the logarithmic wind profile over flat terrain. A model for estimating windspeed within a forest canopy is developed to extend the application to surface fires in forests.

[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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Albini, Frank A.; Baughman, Robert G. 1979. Estimating windspeeds for predicting wildland fire behavior. Research Paper INT-RP-221. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.