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Fuel Model Selection for BEHAVE in Midwestern Oak Savannas

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BEHAVE, a fire behavior prediction system, can be a useful tool for managing areas with prescribed fire. However, the proper choice of fuel models can be critical in developing management scenarios. BEHAVE predictions were evaluated using four standardized fuel models that partially described oak savanna fuel conditions: Fuel Model 1 (Short Grass), 2 (Timber and Grass), 3 (Tall Grass), and 9 (Hardwood Litter). Although all four models yielded regressions with R2 in excess of 0.8, Fuel Model 2 produced the most reliable fire behavior predictions. North. J. Appl. For. 18(3):74–80.

Keywords: Fire behavior; environmental management; fire behavior prediction; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; oak savanna; oak woodland; prescribed fire; rate-of-spread

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri Columbia, 203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building, MO, 65211

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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