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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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