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Firebrand Generation from Building Components with Cedar Siding



Samuel L. Manzello, Sayaka Suzuki, Yoshihiko Hayashi


Fires in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) have been a large problem not only in the USA, but all over the world. From a pragmatic point of view, the WUI fire problem can be seen as a structure ignition problem [1]. It is believed that the structures themselves may be a large source of firebrands, in addition to the vegetation. Yet, due to such limited studies, it cannot be determined if firebrand production from structures is similar to that of vegetation, or if firebrand production from structures is a significant source of firebrands in WUI fires. To this end, a series of firebrand generation research has been undertaken and reported by authors [2-4]. The research described here focus on firebrand collection from building components with cedar siding exposed to well-controlled wind fields generated at BRI’s FRWTF. During the combustion process, firebrands were collected using an array of water pans positioned downstream of the assemblies. This firebrand data is compared with the one from individual building components test, which was also performed in BRI’s FRWTF under the same condition in order to see
Proceedings Title
2013 Annual JAFSE Symposium
Conference Dates
June 8-9, 2013
Conference Location


Manzello, S. , Suzuki, S. and Hayashi, Y. (2013), Firebrand Generation from Building Components with Cedar Siding, 2013 Annual JAFSE Symposium, Kumamoto, -1 (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created May 6, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017