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INT-RP-115: A mathematical model for predicting fire spread in wildland fuels.


Rothermel, Richard C. 1972. A mathematical model for predicting fire spread in wildland fuels. Res. Pap. INT-115. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 40 p.

A mathematical fire model for predicting rate of spread and intensity that is applicable to a wide range of wildland fuels and environment is presented. Methods of incorporating mixtures of fuel sizes are introduced by weighting input parameters by surface area. The input parameters do not require a prior knowledge of the burning characteristics of the fuel.

Keywords: fire spread, intensity, wildland fuels, fire model


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Title: INT-RP-115: A mathematical model for predicting fire spread in wildland fuels.
Publish Date: March 31, 2009
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March 31, 2009

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