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Fire history terminology: report of the ad hoc committee

Author(s): William H. Romme
Year Published: 1980

It is often quite difficult to compare fire history studies conducted by different investigators because different terms may be used to refer to the same concept and the same term may be used to refer to different concepts. To help resolve this difficulty, an ad hoc committee was formed early in the course of the workshop with the task of (1) listing the most confusing terms commonly used in fire history studies, (2) determining which terms are actually synonymous, (3) suggesting which of several synonyms is the best term to use in future fire history studies, and (4) providing a definition for each of the preferred terms.

Citation: Romme, William. 1980. Fire history terminology: report of the ad hoc committee. In: Stokes, Marvin A.; Dieterich, John H., eds. Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop; 1980 October 20-24; Tucson, Arizona. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-81. Ft. Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 135-137.
Topic(s): Fire History, Frequency, Fire Regime, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 12410
FRAMES RCS number: 16359
Record updated: May 24, 2018