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Fuel models and fire potential from satellite and surface observations

International Journal of Wildland Fire

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Abstract

A national 1-km resolution fire danger fuel model map was derived through use of previously mapped land cover classes and ecoregions, and extensive ground sample data, then refined through review by fire managers familiar with various portions of the U.S. The fuel model map will be used in the next generation fire danger rating system for the U.S., but it also made possible immediate development of a satellite and ground based fire potential index map. The inputs and algorithm of the fire potential index are presented, along with a case study of the correlation between the fire potential index and fire occurrence in California and Nevada. Application of the fire potential index in the Mediterranean ecosystems of Spain, Chile, and Mexico will be tested.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Fuel models and fire potential from satellite and surface observations
Series title:
International Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume
8
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
International Journal of Wildland Fire
First page:
159
Last page:
170
Number of Pages:
12