RMRS-RP-9
Research Paper RMRS-RP-9
Fire Behavior Associated with the 1994 South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain, Colorado


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Figure 16 -- The general air flow over the fire area at the time of the crown fire runs south of the Double Draws (about 1555). The free air westerlies (light blue) evacuate the afternoon upslope flow (green) out of the upper end of the West Drainage. This creates an area of divergence in the north end of the West Drainage. The topography and orientation of the mouth of the West Drainage redirected a portion of the strong winds in the Colorado River Gorge (dark blue) up the West Drainage (red). A shear zone is created where the westerly winds interact with the flow up the West Drainage. Turbulent eddies created by the shear zone may have enhanced burning near the Double Draw and along the Lunch Spot Ridge and West Bench. The eddies transported burning embers north up the West Drainage.

Figure 16
J. Kautz, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, MT.

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Title: Fire Environment: Figure 16: RMRS-RP-9 - Fire Behavior Associated with the 1994 South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain, Colorado
Publish Date: February 5, 1999
Last Update:
December 22, 2005

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