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General Technical Report
Title: Potential fire behavior in California: an atlas and guide for forest and brushland managers
Author: Ryan, Bill C.
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-77. Berkeley, Calif.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn. 15 p
Station ID: GTR-PSW-077
Description: Potential fire characteristics can be estimated as functions of weather, fuel, and terrain slope. Such information is needed by forest and other land managers–especially for anticipating fire suppression needs and planning prescribed burns. To provide this information, an Atlas has been developed for California. The Atlas includes statistical analyses of spread component, burning index, ignition component, temperature, relative humidity, dead fuel moisture, live woody fuel moisture, live herbaceous fuel moisture, precipitation, windspeed and direction for 200 fire-danger rating stations in California. Charts and information for one of the stations included in the Atlas–Mount Hebron in northern California–serve as an example of this application.
Key Words: fire management, prescribed burning, fuel moisture, forest climatology, potential fire characteristics
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Ryan, Bill C. 1984. Potential fire behavior in California: an atlas and guide for forest and brushland managers Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-77. Berkeley, Calif.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn. 15 p.