Forest fires: fire behavior

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Understandding the manner in which a fire reacts to the variables of fuel, weather, and topography, including variables as rate of spread and intensity, can help both in fighting the already ignited fires and in .



Potential Solutions

Policy makers and management agencies require information on wildfire probability, behaviour and spatio-temporal trends to manage fire-prone landscapes and to evaluate the efficacy of plans. This includes:

  • A better understanding of the driving factors influencing fire spread and behaviour (climate and local weather conditions, land-use and land cover, land management policies) and of the physical mechanisms leading to extreme fire behaviour
  • Reliable and harmonised Fuel Classification Maps (FCMs)

Rationale & related CM function(s)

Describe the impacts of extreme climatology (heat waves, wind dynamics) on fire spread and behaviour.
Develop accurate predictions of the effects of extreme fire behavior on humans and infrastructures in vulnerable areas such as the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI).
Identify the interactions between fuel characteristics, topography, weather creating the conditions for extreme fire behavior.
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