7.7 The Grass Fires on Slopes Experiment

Tuesday, 31 August 2010: 3:00 PM
Alpine Ballroom A (Resort at Squaw Creek)
Craig B. Clements, San Jose State Univ., San Jose, CA; and W. E. Heilman

Fire-atmosphere interactions and their role on fire behavior in complex terrain are not well understood. While there have been many anecdotal observations of fire behavior in mountainous areas, there exists few, if any, studies that have focused on obtaining in situ meteorological and fire behavior data in complex terrain. This paper presents preliminary observations of experiments conducted to observe the temporal and spatial evolution of the micrometeorology and fire behavior associated with head fires burning up moderate-angled slopes covered in homogenous grass fuels.
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