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Technical Reference: Using Lightning Location in the Wildland Fire Assessment System

Latham, D. and Burgan, R. and Chase, C. and Bradshaw, L. (1997) Technical Reference: Using Lightning Location in the Wildland Fire Assessment System. Technical Report. USDA Forest Service, Ogden, Utah.


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Location of the ground position of lightning discharges has been possible for several years. A technique for using ignition probability calculations together with lightning location data results in maps that are useful to fire managers in making decisions on timescales from historical to real-time. These maps, part of the Wildland Fire Assessment System, will aid fire managers in assessing the potential that lightning will result in reportable fires. The maps are generated using ignition probability based on duff depth, fuel moisture, and fuel type. To match fire potential classes, ignition probabilities are classified into ignition potential classes of low. medium, high, very high, and extreme. Possible benefits are savings in time, fire suppression costs, and perhaps even lives.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
ID number or DOI: INT-GTR-349
Keywords: Wildland Fire Assessment System, Wildfire, Lightning, ERI Library
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Department/Unit: Research Centers > Ecological Restoration Institute
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2016 22:00
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2864

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