Mathematical analysis of forest fire suppression
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Frank A. Albini; G. N. Korovin; E. H. Gorovaya
Publication Year: 1978

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  • fire suppression
  • mathematical models
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This paper presents a mathematical formulation of the construction of a containment perimeter for a wildland fire. The formulation permits the calculation of total burned area, final perimeter, and containment time, if the rate of growth of the fire can be specified as a function of time and position. Using a simple but flexible fire shape function, numerical results are given, showing the influence of the rate of spread in the front, flank, and back directions expressed in ratio to the rate of control line construction. These results may be useful in presuppression planning and effectiveness analyses.

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Albini, Frank A.; Korovin, G. N.; Gorovaya, E. H. 1978. Mathematical analysis of forest fire suppression. Research Paper INT-RP-207. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 26 p.