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Sundance Fire: an analysis of fire phenomena

Author(s): Hal E. Anderson
Year Published: 1968

The Sundance Fire on September 1, 1967, made a spectacular run of 16 miles in 9 hours and destroyed more than 50,000 acres. This run became the subject of a detailed research analysis of the environmental, topographic, and vegetation variables aimed at reconstructing and describing fire phenomena. This report details the fire's progress; discusses the fire's buildup in intensity, the fuel complex through which it traveled, the wind and other atmospheric variables affecting the fire's behavior; and describes the processes that probably account for the tree breakage and blowdown, the long-range spotting, and the subsidence of the fire's run.

Citation: Anderson, H.E. 1968. Sundance Fire: an analysis of fire phenomena. Res. Pap. INT-RP-56. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 37 p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Extreme Fire Behavior, Case Studies
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11229
FRAMES RCS number: 11648
Record updated: Jun 14, 2018