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Comparison of 2-D wind fields and simulated wildland fire growth

Author(s): Karl F. Zeller, Ned Nikolov, John S. Snook, Mark A. Finney, Jason M. Forthofer
Year Published: 2003

The paper discusses wildfire growth simulated by the FARSITE model using high-resolution wind fields over complex terrain extracted from operational runs of the MM5 weather forecast model supported by the USDA FS Rocky Mountain Center (RMC: http://www.fs.fed.us/rmc/). The original 12-km resolution wind field (simulated by MM5) has been scaled down to 100 m using diagnostic scaling routines from the Local Analysis and Prediction System (LAPS). This approach provides the opportunity to better model conditions sensed by real fires. We use the August - September 2003 Snow-Talon fire in Montana to illustrate this new capability.

Citation: Zeller, Karl F.; Nikolov, Ned; Snook, J.; Finney, Mark A.; McGinley, J.; Forthofer, Jason M. 2003. Comparison of 2-D wind fields and simulated wildland fire growth. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress and the 5th Symposium on fire and forest meteorology. Boston, MA: American Meteorological Society. J2.5.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Simulation Modeling, Weather
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Hot Topic(s): Fire Behavior Prediction
NRFSN number: 11019
FRAMES RCS number: 7975
Record updated: May 16, 2018