Investigating the relationship between horizontal forest structure and fire behavior using a physics-based fire model
Silvicultural treatments are increasingly being implemented across the Western US in fire-prone forests as a way to simultaneously reduce fire hazard while also increasing horizontal structural heterogeneity (tree spatial patterns). However, it is poorly understood how fire behavior is impacted by treatment designs that incorporate tree clumping spatial configurations that mimic patterns found within the historic structural ranges of forests frequented by low to mixed severity fire. The Wildland Urban-Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS), a physics-based fire behavior model, was used to ...
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