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Climatological Influences on Moisture Characteristics of Dead Fuel: Theoretical Analysis

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Numerical simulation of dead fuel behavior under different climatological regimes has quantified three universal characteristics of fuels: (1) response of the fuel to climatological moisture-induced stress; (2) response of the outer layers of the fuel to both standard drying conditions and climatological stress; and (3) time required for a fuel to become independent of its previous moisture history. The first two characteristics provide a basis for fuels classification. The third allows us to evaluate fuel moisture contributions to fire persistence and conditioning time for fuel moisture sensors. Forest Sci. 17:64-72.

Keywords: Forest fuels; fire hazard; lumber seasoning

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Meteorologist, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Exp. Sta., USDA Forest Serv., with central headquarters at Fort Collins, Colorado, maintained in cooperation with Colorado State University

Publication date: March 1, 1971

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

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