Spot fire distance from burning trees - a predictive model
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Frank A. Albini
Publication Year: 1979

Cataloging Information

  • firebrands
  • predictive model
  • spot fire distance
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Record Last Modified: November 7, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 8153


Presents a predictive model for calculating the maximum spot fire distance expected when firebrands are thrown into the air by the burning of tree crowns. Variables included are: quantity and surface/volume ratio of foliage in the burning tree(s), height of the tree(s), and the wind field that transports the firebrands, and the firebrand burning rate. No validation data are available at present.

[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. 1979. Spot fire distance from burning trees-a predictive model. General Technical Report INT-GTR-56. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 73 p.