Paper No. 168-10
Presentation Time: 3:30 PM
EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF FIRE BEHAVIOR DURING PRESCRIBED FIRES IN NEW JERSEY
Prescribed fire is a commonly used practice for managing wildland fire spread and intensity. As part of a larger project intended to aid in assessing fuel treatment effectiveness, two experimental prescribed fires were conducted. Efforts were made to both quantify various aspects of fire behavior and to obtain an accurate measure of pre- and post-fire fuel loadings. An initial investigation of the fire behavior for the two experimental fires was conducted. In particular, the range of observed surface fuel consumption and fireline intensities is discussed, the role of ambient wind conditions is considered, and a qualitative assessment of canopy fuel consumption is presented.
Additional Co-authors: John Hom, USDA Forest Service, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; William Mell, USDA Forest Service, Seattle, Washington.