Fire containment equations for pocket calculators
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Frank A. Albini; Carolyn H. Chase
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • calculator program
  • dispatching
  • fire containment
  • fire control
  • fire suppression
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 8161
Tall Timbers Record Number: 847
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Presents simplified equations for solving the fire containment problem. Equations can be used on a programmable pocket calculator to derive the burned area, given forward rate of spread, initial area, fire shape length/width ratio, and control-line construction rate. Equations can also be used to find the line construction rate needed to hold the burned are to a fixed value, knowing the other variables listed. Potential uses seen for this capability are preliminary fire control planning and as a dispatching aid.

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Albini, Frank A.; Chase, Carolyn H. 1980. Fire containment equations for pocket calculators. Research Note INT-RN-268. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 18 p.