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Upscaling the estimation of surface-fire rate of spread in maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait.) forest

Paulo M Fernandes   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 123-125 (2014)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0992-007
Published: Jan 13, 2014 - Copyright © 2014 SISEF

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The prediction of the forward rate of forest fire spread is crucial to fire modeling and fire management. An empirical equation is available to estimate the rate of spread of surface fires in maritime pine stands from local fuel, terrain and weather conditions. However, the equation was primarily developed from experimental small fires under mild weather conditions. The ability to predict the spread rate of wildfires is examined. Underestimation was generalized, with a mean observed-to-predicted spread rate ratio of 2.64, which is proposed to adjust the rate of spread equation for fire-modelling research applications.


Fire Behaviour, Fire Modelling, Surface Fire, Pinus Pinaster

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Paulo M Fernandes
Centro de Investigação e de Tecnologias Agro-Ambientais e Tecnológicas (CITAB), Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Apartado 1013, 5001-801 Vila Real (Portugal)

Corresponding author

Paulo M Fernandes


Fernandes PM (2014). Upscaling the estimation of surface-fire rate of spread in maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait.) forest. iForest 7: 123-125. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0992-007

Academic Editor

Paola Mairota

Paper history

Received: Mar 18, 2013
Accepted: Oct 28, 2013

First online: Jan 13, 2014
Publication Date: Apr 02, 2014
Publication Time: 2.57 months

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