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Effect of slope on fires spreading downhill. 1988. Van Wagner, C.E. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 18(6): 818-820.

Year: 1988

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 23539

Language: English

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A laboratory experiment was performed to determine the effect of slope on the downhill spread rate of forest fire. Results with beds of pine needles showed that the spread rate decreased to 64% of the level rate as slope was raised to 22°, then gradually increased back to the level rate at 45°. Some theory about how the flame radiates to the unburned fuel was advanced to account for this phenomenon.