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Title

Spotting distance from wind-driven surface fires-extensions of equations for pocket calculators
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Carolyn H. Chase
Publication Year: 1984

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Keyword(s):
  • fire management
  • firebrands
  • spot fires
  • spotting
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 8156

Description

Extends equations for calculating the maximum spot fire distance to include wind-driven fires burning in surface fuels as a firebrand source. Predictions are based upon prevailing windspeed, vegetational cover, and local terrain. The equations can be used on a programmable pocket calculator. Previous methods of calculating spotting distance from torching trees and burning piles are also included. For copies of a program for the Texas Instruments TI-59, send eight blank TI-59 magnetic cards to the author. (Only two cards are required if the user has the previous version of the program.) Potential uses are in fire management planning and in predicting real-time fire behavior.

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Chase, Carolyn H. 1984. Spotting distance from wind-driven surface fires-extensions of equations for pocket calculators. Research Note INT-RN-346. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 21 p.