Category: General Publications
Title: Design of regular landscape fuel treatment patterns for modifying fire growth and behavior
Author: Finney, M.A.
Subject: Fuels, Fire behavior, Spatial Dynamics
Abstract: Patterns of disconnected fuel treatment patches that overlap in the heading fire spread direction are theoretically effective in changing forward fire spread rate. The analysis presented here sought to find the unit shape and pattern for a given level of treatment that has the maximum effect on forward spread rate. This occurs when the treatment units cause the fire to spread through them at the same rate as it spreads around them. Simulations suggested that these treatment patterns reduce the spread rate or fireline intensity over much of the area burned, even outside the treatment units where the fire was forced to flank. The ideal patterns are theoretically scale independent, allowing for flexible application across heterogeneous landscapes. The topology of these patterns has implications for designing landscape-level fuel treatment patterns and for understanding spatial dynamics of fuel patterns across landscapes.
Source: Forest Science
Publisher: Society of American Foresters, http://www.safnet.org/