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The 1988 fires of Yellowstone and beyond as a wildland fire behavior case study

Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2009

A 'Learning Organization' is an organization that creates, acquires, interprets, transfers, and retains knowledge and purposefully modifies its behavior to reflect new knowledge and insights (Garvin 2000). Dr. Marty Alexander's report The 1988 Fires of Yellowstone and Beyond as a Wildland Fire Behavior Case Study now provides the international wildland fire community an important resource for ensuring that such vital organizational learning occurs. Through this insightful case study compilation, Dr. Alexander captures the essence of the 2008 '88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond Conference's Key these: 'Fire behavior, weather and fuels, including crown fire modeling, long range fire behavior, weather forecasting, fuels, and fuels management.' As Dr. Alexander points out, prior to this work, one single, comprehensive case study or history that focuses on lessons learned from the 1988 Yellowstone fires did not exist. Now, however, thanks to the efforts of this dedicated wildland fire science professor and fire behavior researcher, we have a thoughtfully prepared summary of significant wildland fire behavior insights that surround this historic wildland fire event. These lessons learned include everything from fire behavior forecasting and procedures for making long-range duration fire growth projections, to advances in fire dynamics and crown fire behavior predictions.

Citation: Alexander, Martin E. 2009. The 1988 fires of Yellowstone and beyond as a wildland fire behavior case study. Tucson, AZ: USDA Forest Service, Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center. 30 p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Extreme Fire Behavior, Case Studies
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11217
FRAMES RCS number: 10924
Record updated: Jun 14, 2018