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Grassfires: Fuel, Weather and Fire Behaviour / Edition 2
     

Grassfires: Fuel, Weather and Fire Behaviour / Edition 2

by Phil Cheney, Andrew Sullivan
 

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ISBN-10: 0643093834

ISBN-13: 9780643093836

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

Grassfires presents the latest information from CSIRO on the behavior and spread of fires in grasslands. This second edition follows ten years of research aimed at improving the understanding of fundamental processes involved in the behavior of bushfires and grassfires.

The book has been extensively revised and new case studies have been added to reflect

Overview

Grassfires presents the latest information from CSIRO on the behavior and spread of fires in grasslands. This second edition follows ten years of research aimed at improving the understanding of fundamental processes involved in the behavior of bushfires and grassfires.

The book has been extensively revised and new case studies have been added to reflect the latest findings in research and investigations. The book covers all aspects of fire behavior and spread in the major types of grasses in Australia. It examines the factors that affect fire behavior in continuous grassy fuels; fire in spinifex fuels; the effect of weather and topography on fire spread; wildfire suppression strategies; and how to reconstruct grassfire spread after the fact. The three fire-spread meters designed by CSIRO and used for the prediction of fire danger and rate of spread of grassfires are explained and their use and limitations discussed.

This new edition expands on the historical view of grassfires with respect to extensive Aboriginal burning, combustion chemistry, flame structure and temperature, spotting and spread in discontinuous/eaten out fuels, and the effect of wind in complex terrain. The case studies in the chapter “Wildfires and Their Suppression” have been updated and include the major wild grassfire events of recent years, the January 2003 ACT fires and the 2005 Wangary, SA fire. The “Myths, Facts and Fallacies” chapter includes new myths and a new section on personal safety during a wild grass fire.

Of interest to all rural fire fighters and rural landholders, students and teachers of courses on landscape and ecological processes, rural and peri-urban dwellers, fire authorities and researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780643093836
Publisher:
CSIRO Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,382,498
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface to the 1st Edition; Preface to the 2nd Edition; Acknowledgements; 1) Introduction; 2) Fuel; 3) Combustion of Grassy Fuels; 4) Fire Behaviour; 5) Predicting Fire Spread; 6) Local Variation and Erratic Fire Behaviour; 7) Fire Danger; 8) Wildfires and Their Suppression; 9) Grassfire Investigation;; 10) Safety: Myths, Facts and Fallacies; Glossary; Bibliography and Further Reading; Index.

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