A note on fuelbeds and fire behavior in alang-alang (Imperata cylindrica)
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Stewart G. Pickford; M. Suharti; A. Wibowo
Publication Year: 1992

Cataloging Information

  • Acacia mangium
  • alang-alang
  • bark
  • coniferous forests
  • crown scorch
  • dead fuels
  • Eupatorium
  • fire behavior prediction systems
  • fire danger rating
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire models
  • fire suppression
  • flame length
  • fuel bed
  • fuel loading
  • fuel management
  • fuel models
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • humidity
  • Imperata cylindrica
  • Imperata cylindrica
  • Indonesia
  • Java
  • live fuels
  • mortality
  • plantations
  • rate of spread
  • resprouting
  • scorch
  • site classes
  • soot
  • statistical analysis
  • wind
  • International
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Record Last Modified: November 21, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 9727
Tall Timbers Record Number: 17040
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-I
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Fire behavior on a 2 ha fire, inferred from physical evidence observed one week after the fire, was compared with fire behavior estimates obtained using the BEHAVE fire behavior prediction system and fuel measurements in Imperata cylindrica (Alang-alang) made in the same area. This fire probably burned under light winds (3-5 km), high relative humidity, and spread slowly with moderate flame lengths (approximately 100 m hr^-1 spread rate, 0.5-0.7 m flame lengths). Although apparently killed by lethal crown and bole scorch, the young Acacia mangium overstory through which the fire burned resprouted vigorously and apparently survived.

Online Link(s):
Pickford, Stewart G.; Suharti, M.; Wibowo, A. 1992. A note on fuelbeds and fire behavior in alang-alang (Imperata cylindrica). International Journal of Wildland Fire 2(1):41-46.