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Snowpack Influences on Dead Fuel Moisture

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Fuel moisture at the beginning of the fire season was evaluated by following the seasonal trend of moisture content of large forest fuels under a snowpack. Moisture contents at three sites throughout the period of snow cover provided data for linear regression models. The fuels approached fiber saturation during the snowpack accumulation period. The short melt period provided very little liquid water for further moisture uptake. Large, dead, forest fuels thus emerge from a snowpack at approximately 32 percent moisture content by weight, with a range of 23 to 39 percent. Forest Sci. 22:323-328.

Keywords: Theoretical model; fire danger; fire season; regression model

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Hydrologist, Sequoia National Forest, cooperative study with the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Colorado State University

Publication date: 1976-09-01

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Also published by SAF:
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