Fire growth using minimum travel time methods
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Mark A. Finney
Publication Year: 2002

Cataloging Information

  • computer program
  • fire danger rating
  • fire growth
  • fire growth model
  • fire perimeter
  • fireline intensity
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • ignition
  • landscape ecology
  • rate of spread
  • spread rate
  • statistical analysis
  • topography
  • wilderness fire management
  • wind
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 14418
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Fire-growth modeling on complex landscapes can be approached as a search for the minimum time for fire to travel among nodes in a two-dimensional network. The paths producing minimum travel time between nodes are then interpolated to reveal the fire perimeter positions at an instant in time. These fire perimeters and their fire behavior characteristics (e.g., spread rate, fireline intensity) are essentially identical to the products of perimeter expansion techniques. Travel time methods offer potential advantages for some kinds of modeling applications, because they are more readily parallelized for computation than methods for expanding fire fronts and require no correction for crossed fronts or merging separate fires.

Online Link(s):
Finney, Mark A. 2002. Fire growth using minimum travel time methods. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32(8):1420-1424.