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INT-RP-56: Sundance Fire: an analysis of fire phenomena


Anderson, Hal E. 1968. Sundance Fire: an analysis of fire phenomena. Res. Pap. INT-56. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 37 p.

The Sundance Fire on September 1, 1967, made a spectacular run of 16 miles in 9 hours and destroyed more than 50,000 acres. This run became the subject of a detailed research analysis of the environmental, topographic, and vegetation variables aimed at reconstructing and describing fire phenomena. This report details the fire's progress; discusses the fire's buildup in intensity, the fuel complex through which it traveled, the wind and other atmospheric variables affecting the fire's behavior; and describes the processes that probably account for the tree breakage and blowdown, the long-range spotting, and the subsidence of the fire's run.

Keywords: Sundance Fire, fire phenomena, intensity, fuel complex, wind, atmospheric variables, behavior, blowdown, run


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Title: INT-RP-56: Sundance Fire: an analysis of fire phenomena
Publish Date: March 31, 2009
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March 31, 2009

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