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A note on fire frequency concepts and definitions
- Reed, W.J.
- Canadian journal of forest research = 2006 v.36 no.7 pp. 1884-1888
- history, temporal variation, mathematical models, estimation, fire hazard, equations, burning, spatial variation, statistical analysis, forest fires
- The concepts of hazard of burning, fire interval, and fire cycle are considered. It is claimed that the current notion of fire cycle is poorly defined, since the time required to burn a specified area is a random variable. It is shown that the expected time to burn an area equal in size to the study area normally exceeds the fire interval (the average time between fires at any location). In view of this, it is recommended that the notion of fire cycle in its current form be abandoned.