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A note on fire frequency concepts and definitions

Author:
Reed, W.J.
Source:
Canadian journal of forest research = 2006 v.36 no.7 pp. 1884-1888
ISSN:
0045-5067
Subject:
history, temporal variation, mathematical models, estimation, fire hazard, equations, burning, spatial variation, statistical analysis, forest fires
Abstract:
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.
Agid:
686580