Archive for Category: "Fuels"

The fuels dilemma and Western wildfires

The fuels dilemma and Western wildfires

When I was getting certified as a wildland firefighter in 2002, they taught us that fire behavior is based on three basic factors. First, weather: not just the temperature, humidity, and wind at that moment, but also the climatic conditions over the preceding months and years. All else equal, if it’s hot, dry, windy, and […]

Ebb and flow of snow, fuels, and fire

Ebb and flow of snow, fuels, and fire

NASA has put out a pretty cool video showing a decade’s worth of satellite imagery of the United States (and the rest of the world). It’s interesting to see the ebb and flow of the snowpack, how the land greens up every year, and where fires break out.