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Wildland fires: predicting the behavior of wildland fires-among nature's most potent forces-can save lives, money, and natural resources

Author(s): Frank A. Albini
Year Published: 1984
Description:

During a period of three days in mid-February 1983, bushfires swept over 400,000 ha in southern Australia, killing 74 people, destroying more than 2,000 homes, and burning out 7 towns. This tragic repetition of the fires of January 1939, in which 71 people perished, was foretold by Noble (1977), whose monograph on the 1939 fires ended with a chapter entitled "It Can Happen Again." Ecologists familiar with the cycle of wildfire in such ecosystems assert that fires like these will recur.

Citation: Albini, F.A. 1984. Wildland fires: Predicting the behavior of wildland fires-among nature's most potent forces-can save lives, money, and natural resources. American Scientist. 72(6): 590-597.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Extreme Fire Behavior, Fire Prediction, Fire Policy & Law, Fire & Economics
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 8315
FRAMES RCS number: 11895
Record updated: Jun 13, 2018