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Characterization of firefighter safety zone effectiveness - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program

Author(s): Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2005

Firefighters are required to play close attention to fire behavior and have safety zones readily available in case of unexpected fire behavior. However, safety zone location and size are often a matter of anecdotal evidence, personal experience, and untested models. This is particularly troublesome for younger firefighters that might not have sufficient experience to make adequate judgments. This project will enable scientists to obtain measurements of energy transfer as naturally burning fires burn into and around clearings that may be characterized as firefighter safety zones. Results will provide improved tools to enhance the knowledge of experienced firefighters, train younger firefighters, and develop recommendations and specific guidelines regarding effective safety zones.

Citation: Butler, Bret. 2005. Characterization of firefighter safety zone effectiveness. Joint Fire Science Project 03-2-1-03. Missoula, MT: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. 9 p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Fire Safety Zones
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11153
FRAMES RCS number: 335
Record updated: Sep 8, 2020