Recent advances in modelling the onset of crowning and crown fire rate of spread (abstract)
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander; Miguel G. Cruz
Editor(s): Ronald E. Masters; Krista E. M. Galley; Don G. Despain
Publication Year: 2009

Cataloging Information

  • CFIM - crown fuel ignition model
  • CFIS - Crown Fire Initiation and Spread System
  • crown fire initiation
  • crown fire occurrence
  • extreme fire behavior
  • fire dynamics
  • fire potential
  • ICFME - International Crown Fire Modeling Experiment
  • modeling systems
  • PPPY - Pine Plantation Pyrometrics
  • rate of spread
  • spotting
  • Van Wagner's crown fire initiation model
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This presentation will provide an overview of several models and modeling systems developed by authors over the past 10 years for simulating certain aspects of crown fire behavior. Based on a wealth of high-quality fire behavior data collected over some three decades of experimental burning principally in Canada, the authors have developed and tested several empirical and semi-physically-based models aimed at predicting the onset of crowning, the type of crown fire (i.e., passive or active) and the associated rate of spread.

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Alexander, M.E.; Cruz, M.G. 2009. Recent advances in modelling the onset of crowning and crown fire rate of spread (abstract). Page 19 in Masters, R.E.; K.E.M. Galley, and D.G. Despain (eds). The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond, Conference Proceedings. Tall Timbers Miscellaneous Publication No. 16, Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL.

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