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Title: Wildfire case study: Butte City Fire, southeastern Idaho, July 1, 1994

Author: Butler, Bret W.; Reynolds, Timothy D.

Date: 1997

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-351. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 15 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: The Butte City Fire occurred on July 1, 1994, west of Idaho Falls, ID. Ignited from a burning flat tire, the blaze was driven by high winds that caused it to cover over 20,500 acres in just over 6.5 hours. Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis) is the principal shrub species of this high desert rangeland. With the absence of vegetation after the fire, erosion increased tremendously. Because the fire occurred on the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, researchers were able to gather weather information from remote meteorological stations positioned on and around the site.

Keywords: wildland fires, rangeland fires, fire behavior, fire growth, fire effects

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Butler, Bret W.; Reynolds, Timothy D. 1997. Wildfire case study: Butte City Fire, southeastern Idaho, July 1, 1994. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-351. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 15 p.

 


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