Developing the Next Generation of Forest Fire Behavior Models
New fire models are solidly grounded in fluid dynamics physics, but remain poorly developed in fundamental combustion processes. Forest Service researchers are contributing their knowledge and data on pyrolysis and ignition of wood products to the fundamental study of the fire behaviors of forest materials. Current collaborations are examining several areas including the effect of increased maple abundance in mixed-oak forests, the development of the EcoSmart fire and Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator models, and assessing structural ignitions from fires in ornamental vegetation.
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