Evaluation of a simple model for fire spread in Canadian fuels (Wildfire Conference. Day 3 - Thursday Nov. 14th, 2019)

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2019 Wildfire Conference. Adressing the Challenges of Bushfire Management

Presentations Notes 2019: DAY 1 (Day 3 - Thursday Nov. 14th, 2019).

Evaluation of a simple model for fire spread in Canadian fuels.

Jason Sharples (School of Science, University of New South Wales Canberra) 


This paper presents an evaluation of a simple model for rate of spread applied to Canadian fuel types. The simple model has previously been shown to provide a unified approach to modelling rate of spread across Australian fuel types, and here we show that the same approach is effective for modelling rate of spread in Canadian grasses and ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir fuel types. Applications of the research for fire and landscape management The simple rate of spread model was shown to provide predictions of rate of spread that are practically the same as those predicted by the models in the CFBPS. The same modelling approach has also been shown to provide accurate estimates of rate of spread in Australian fuel types. The results therefore suggest that the simple modelling approach offers a universal framework for modelling rate of spread in a wide range of fuel types across two continents


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