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Smoke column height related to fire intensity

Author(s): Rodney A. Norum
Year Published: 1974

Height of slash fire smoke columns, commonly thought to be a function of atmospheric conditions alone, through a series of 10-acre experimental fires is shown to be strongly related to fire intensity. By conducting intense fires, land managers can possibly burn forest debris and still maintain air quality when atmospheric conditions are less than ideal for smoke dispersal.

Citation: Norum, Rodney A. 1974. Smoke column height related to fire intensity. Res. Pap. INT-RP-157. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 7 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Emissions, Fire Regime, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity, Smoke & Air Quality
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11946
FRAMES RCS number: 14096
Record updated: May 15, 2018