Canadian Forest Service Publications

Field Guide to the Canadian forest fire behaviour prediction (FBP) system. 1996. Taylor, S.W.; Pike, R.G.; Alexander, M.E. First edition. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. FRDA Handbook 012, copublished by the BC Ministry of Forests.

Year: 1996

Available from: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4321

Language: English

Series: FRDA Handbook (PFC - Victoria)

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The Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction System is a systematic method for assessing wildland fire behavior potential. It is a series of mathematical equations were relating fire characteristics to wind, fuel moisture, and topographic conditions for 16 benchmark fuel (vegetation) types. Complete and precise fire behavior predictions are best made using computer-based representations of the system. However, this guide was prepared to allow first approximations of FBP System outputs when computer-based applications are not available. It is intended mainly to be used as a field reference and should be used in place of the forest fire growth calculator (MacAlpine 1986), which is based on the interim version of the FPB System (Alexander et al. 1984). Certain simplifications were made so that important fire behavior characteristics could be presented in tabular form, and these are noted in the approximate section. The symbols used in the guide are listed in Appendix 1 and many of the terms are defined in Appendix 2.

Also available under the title:
Manuel de terrain pour la méthode canadienne de prévision du comportement des incendies de forêt (PCI) (French)

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