From Green Blog NY Times
As Justin Gillis explained at length in an Oct. 1 article, huge tracts of forest are dying across the West and around the world as a result of infestations and other phenomena that many link to climate change. A big question for those who manage forests is how these millions of acres of dead trees will respond to wildfire.
For one thing, men and women are dispatched to the fires to protect life and property, and knowing how a fire will behave in a dead forest is crucial to fighting or containing it and keeping people safe.
The last few years of computer modeling of fire behavior in dead forests indicated that wildfires would not turn into crown fires as readily there as they do in forests of living trees because many of the dead trees have lost their needles. Crown fires are the hottest, fastest-moving and deadliest of all forest fires.
It turns out, however, that the behavior of fires in the real world is different from what the models suggest.
Last summer was the first in a few that was dry enough for some moderately serious wildfires. William Jolly, a Forest Service research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Mont., had a chance to study them closely.
- Are Dead Trees More Combustible Than Live Ones? (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Fire experts surprised by intense fires in beetle-killed stands (summitcountyvoice.com)
- Report: New approach needed to prevent wildfire disasters (summitcountyvoice.com)
- The Protester and the Goldman Chief (dealbook.nytimes.com)
- 3 Things You Need to Burn (geoffreywebb.wordpress.com)
- Southwestern Wildfires: The Big Picture (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)