The Rothermel fire spread model provides the scientific basis for the US National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) and several other important fire management applications. This study proposes a new perspective of the model that partitions the reaction intensity function and Energy Release Component (ERC) equations as an alternative that simplifies calculations while providing more insight into the temporal variability of the energy release component of fire danger. We compare the theoretical maximum reaction intensities and corresponding ERCs across 1978, 1988 and 2016 NFDRS fuel models as they are currently computed and as they would be computed under the proposed scheme. The advantages and disadvantages of the new approach are discussed. More study is required to determine its operational implications.
Fujioka Francis M., Weise David R., Chen Shyh-Chin, Kim Seung Hee, Kafatos Menas C. (2021) Reaction intensity partitioning: a new perspective of the National Fire Danger Rating System Energy Release Component. International Journal of Wildland Fire. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF20025
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