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Developing Rapid Response Instrumentation Packages to Quantify Structure Ignition Mechanisms in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires.


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Manzello, S. L.; Park, S. H.; Cleary, T. G.; Shields, J. R.

Fire and Materials 2009. 11th International Conference. Conference Papers. Proceedings. Organised by Interscience Communications Limited. January 26-28, 2009, San Francisco, CA, Interscience Communications Limited, London, England, 215-224 pp, 2009.

Keywords:

wildland urban interface; instruments; ignition; structures; heat flux; wind velocity; humidity; fire spread; wildland fires; time; temperature; wind direction; prescribed burnings

Abstract:

Rapidly deployable instrumentation packages are being developed to be used during actual WUI fires to quantify structure ignition mechanisms. The packages are being designed to be placed near a given structure in the WUI and will provide video imaging of a structure at different vantage points as well as quantitative data on heat flux, wind speed, and relative humidity. Prior to attempting to use these instrumentation packages in real WUI fires, a series of proof-of-concept tests were conducted under prescribed fires. In these tests, a shed was used as a surrogate for a typical structure that would be found in the WUI. This presentation will focus on instrumentation package development and results from a recent deployment in a prescribed fire at Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area in the State of New Jersey.