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Gain and loss of moisture in large forest fuels

Author(s): Arthur P. Brackebusch
Year Published: 1975

For many years there has been much interest in moisture studies of forest fuels. The study reported here was in its 17th year when the author became involved. The study was terminated 2 years later. All data were compiled, adjusted, and analyzed; a report was prepared but not published. Continued interest in moisture content of large fuels prompted the author to reexamine the data, computerize the equations, and rerun the prediction curves along with the addition of a very dry year (1967) and a moderately dry year (1972). The results indicate major differences in large fuel moisture by exposure and season. Unusual years stand out from the average. The equations are useful but should be applied with discretion.

Citation: Brackebusch, Arthur P. 1975. Gain and loss of moisture in large forest fuels. Res. Pap. INT-RP-173. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 50 p.
Topic(s): Fuels, Fuel Descriptions
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11880
FRAMES RCS number: 5557
Record updated: Jun 20, 2018