The Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System is a systematic method for assessing wildland fire behavior potential. This field guide provides a simplified version of the system, presented in tabular format. It was prepared to assist field staff in making first approximations of FBP System outputs when computer-based applications are not available. Quantitative estimates of head fire spread rate, fire intensity, type of fire, and spread distance, elliptical fire area, perimeter, and perimeter growth rate are provided for eighteen fuel types within five broad groupings (coniferous, deciduous, and mixedwood forests, logging slash, and grass), covering most of the major wildland fuel types found in Canada. The FBP System is intended to supplement, not replace, the experience and judgment of fire personnel.
S.W. Taylor is a research scientist and Registered Professional Forester who works for Natural Resources Canada at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria, BC. Steve’s research interests and experience include: fire risk assessment; fire behavior and effects modeling; management policy, planning and systems; climate change impacts on natural disturbances; and natural disturbances and forest dynamics.
M.E. Alexander is a Registered Professional Forester. Previously, he was a Senior Fire Behavior Research Officer stationed at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. He retired from Natural Resources Canada in November 2010 after over 34 years working in fire research with the Canadian Forest Service. His work has taken him to many parts of the world, including the continental USA and Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Greece, Italy, and Turkey.
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