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A General Procedure for Sampling and Analyzing Wildland Fire Spread

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An algorithm is developed that converts three time measurements to the direction and rate of spread of a fire across any triangle. Procedures are also developed for analyzing the uniformity of fire spread, given four time observations. Flexible sampling techniques allow the procedures to be adapted to a wide variety of fire-related phenomena on prescribed fires or wildfires. Using the procedure, we stratified rate of spread data for a prescribed fire into two significantly different groups. Forest Sci. 30:51-64.

Keywords: Measurement; fire behavior; prescribed burning; variability

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Bell Laboratories, Crawfords Comer Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Publication date: March 1, 1984

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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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