A JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network
Bringing People Together & Sharing Knowledge in the Northern Rockies
Date: May 27, 2014
Presenter(s): Mark A. Finney, Sara S. McAllister

Massive wildfires cost billions of dollars and burn millions of acres in the U.S. every year, but we know surprisingly little about the basic science of how they spread. At the Fire Lab in Missoula, Montana, researchers reverse-engineer spreading fires using wind tunnels, fire-whirl generators, and giant combustion chambers. They're finding that fire is a mysterious phenomenon, and the physics behind it is often counter-intuitive.

Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Fire Prediction
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Video
NRFSN number: 14664
Record updated: Nov 1, 2017