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Issue 101 | September 5, 2014

 

Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests - A Synthesis

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Synthesis on Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests

A special issue of
Fire Management Today

"It is important that you
- as wildland firefighters and managers -
recognize the different fire regimes and understand that while crown fires are natural in some fire regimes, in most they are not.” 


- Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation Management,
USDA Forest Service

The Joint Fire Science Program is pleased to have contributed to the set of papers appearing in this special volume of Fire Management Today. Having commissioned a thorough synthesis of knowledge and understanding regarding crown fire behavior in coniferous forests a few years ago, we invite you to take advantage of the important information in all ten of the articles:
 
 - Anchor Point: Crown Fire - A Fascinating Sight -Tom Harbour
 
 - Introduction to the Special Issue on Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests - Martin E. Alexander, Miguel G. Cruz, and Nicole M. Vaillant

 - The General Nature of Crown Fires - Martin E. Alexander and Miguel G. Cruz

 Canopy Fuel Characteristics of Conifer Forests - Miguel G. Cruz and Martin E. Alexander

 - The Start, Propagation, and Spread Rate of Crown Fires - Miguel G. Cruz and Martin E. Alexander

 - Energy Release Rates, Flame Dimensions, and Spotting Characteristics of Crown Fires - Martin E. Alexander and Martin G. Cruz

 - The Elliptical Shape and Size of Wind-Driven Crown Fires - Martin E. Alexander and Miguel G. Cruz

 - Operational Prediction of Crown Fire Behavior - Miguel G. Cruz and Martin E. Alexander

 - Capturing Crown Fire Behavior on Wildland Fires: The Fire Behavior Assessment Team in Action - Nicole M. Vaillant, Carol M. Ewell, and Josephine A. Fites-Kaufman

 - Toward Improving Our Application and Understanding of Crown Fire Behavior - Martin E. Alexander, Miguel G. Cruz, and Nicole M. Vaillant

READ THE SPECIAL ISSUE
Active crown fire behavior on the Alder Fire in the Druid Complex, Yellowstone National Park, August 19, 2013.
Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service
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