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The FireFlux II experiment: a model-guided field experiment to improve understanding of fire–atmosphere interactions and fire spread

Author(s): Craig B. Clements, Adam K. Kochanski, Daisuke Seto, Braniff Davis, Christopher Camacho, Neil Lareau, Jonathan Contezac, Joseph C. Restaino, Warren Heilman, Steven K. Krueger, Bret W. Butler, Roger D. Ottmar, Robert E. Vihnanek, James Flynn, Jean-Baptiste Filippi, Toussaint Barboni, Dianne E. Hall, Jan Mandel, Mary Ann Jenkins, Joseph J. O'Brien, Benjamin Hornsby, Casey Teske
Year Published: 2019
Description:

The FireFlux II experiment was conducted in a tall grass prairie located in south-east Texas on 30 January 2013 under a regional burn ban and high fire danger conditions. The goal of the experiment was to better understand micrometeorological aspects of fire spread. The experimental design was guided by the use of a coupled fire–atmosphere model that predicted the fire spread in advance. Preliminary results show that after ignition, a surface pressure perturbation formed and strengthened as the fire front and plume developed, causing an increase in wind velocity at the fire front. The fire-induced winds advected hot combustion gases forward and downwind of the fire front that resulted in acceleration of air through the flame front. Overall, the experiment collected a large set of micrometeorological, air chemistry and fire behaviour data that may provide a comprehensive dataset for evaluating and testing coupled fire–atmosphere model systems.

Citation: Clements CB, Kochanski AK, Seto D, Davis B, Camacho C, Lareau NP, Contezac J, Restaino J, Heilman WE, Krueger SK, Butler B, Ottmar RD, Vihnanek R, Flynn J, Filippi J-B, Barboni T, Hall DE, Mandel J, Jenkins MA, O'Brien J, Hornsby B and Teske C. 2019. The FireFlux II experiment: a model-guided field experiment to improve understanding of fire–atmosphere interactions and fire spread. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28(4): 308-326. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF18089
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Data Evaluation or Data Analysis for Fire Modeling, Weather, Smoke & Air Quality, Smoke Emissions
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 19449
Record updated: May 9, 2019