Donald J. Latham
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Fire Behavior

FRAMES RCS Number: 14016
Record updated: May 16, 2018
NRFSN number: 12120

Systems to enable land managers to locate, evaluate, and counter the fire threat of lightning storms are in the early stages of development. In the western U.S. and Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management has established networks of instruments that locate lightning strikes by means of recorded azimuths. Further research could add important capabilities: identifying and counting strikes with fire-starting potential, estimating ignition probabilities under various fuel and weather conditions, and predicting fire behavior immediately after ignition.


Latham, Don J. 1979. Progress toward locating lightning fires. Res. Note INT-RN-269. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 6 p.

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