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Photoload: A new fuel sampling method

Status: 
Action
Dates: 
January, 2005

Fire managers need better estimates of fuel loading using techniques that are easy, fast, and reliable so they can more accurately predict the potential fire behavior and effects of alternative fuel and ecosystem restoration treatments. A new fuel sampling method, called the photoload sampling technique, has been developed to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for six common surface fuel components (1 hr, 10 hr, 100 hr, and 1000 hr down dead woody, shrub, and herbaceous fuels).

For more information, please visit the full project page at https://www.firelab.org/project/photoload

An example of a series of downward pointing pictures of graduated fuel loadings to estimate actual fuel loadings in the field.
An example of a series of downward pointing pictures of graduated fuel loadings to estimate actual fuel loadings in the field.

Publications

Holley, Violet J. ; Keane II, Robert E. , 2010
Sikkink, Pamela G. ; Lutes, Duncan C. ; Keane II, Robert E. , 2009
Keane II, Robert E. ; Dickinson, Laura J. , 2007


National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels
National Priority Research Areas: 
Climate Change; Forest Disturbances
RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Fire Sciences
Geography: 
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Project Contact: 

Principal Investigators:
Research Staff:
Daniel Covington - Missoula Fire Lab Research Staff
Laura Dickinson - Missoula Fire Lab Research Staff
Curtis Johnson - Missoula Fire Lab Research Staff
Wayne Lyngholm - Missoula Fire Lab Research Staff
Myron Holland - Missoula Fire Lab Research Staff