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Title: Modeling potential structure ignitions from flame radiation exposure with implications for wildland/urban interface fire management

Author: Cohen, Jack D.; Butler, Bret W.

Date: 1998

Source: In: Proceedings of the 13th Fire and Forest Meteorology Conference, International Association of Wildland Fire. p. 81-86

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Description: Residential losses associated with wildland fires have become a serious international fire protection problem. The radiant heat flux from burning vegetation adjacent to a structure is a principal ignition factor. A thermal radiation and ignition model estimated structure ignition potential using designated flame characteristics (inferred from various types and densities of vegetation) and flame-to-structure distances. Model results indicate that ignitions from flame radiation are unlikely to occur from burning vegetation beyond 40 meters of a structure. Thinning vegetation within 40 meters has a significant ignition mitigation effect.

Keywords: wildland/urban interface, flame radiation, piloted ignition, vegetation management

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Cohen, Jack D.; Butler, Bret W. 1998. Modeling potential structure ignitions from flame radiation exposure with implications for wildland/urban interface fire management. In: Proceedings of the 13th Fire and Forest Meteorology Conference, International Association of Wildland Fire. p. 81-86

 


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