The purpose of this study is to extend the work by Jenkins (2002), and to investigate more thoroughly how near-surface environmental stability and moisture, for a Haines Index for high potential for severe wildfire, influences fire behavior. Clark's coupled wildfire-atmospheric model has been used to simulate at least 15 model wildfires.We will present our analyses of the model output to compare each simulation to examine the effects of near-surface atmospheric stability and moisture on the wildfire behavior. Our results suggest that near surface moisture does not have a significant effect on wildfire behavior, but stability does. Erratic wildfires tend to occur in neutral and slightly unstable atmosphere.
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