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Firebrand Generation From Burning Vegetation



Samuel L. Manzello, Alexander Maranghides, William E. Mell


A series of real scale fire experiments were performed to determine the size and mass distribution of firebrands generated from Douglas-Fir (pseudotsuga menziesii) trees. The experiments were performed in the Large Scale Fire Laboratory (LFL) at NIST. The Douglas-Fir trees used for the experiments ranged in height from 2.4 m to 5.2 m and the tree moisture content was varied. An array of pans filled with water was used to collect the firebrands that were generated from the burning trees. This ensured that firebrands would be quenched as soon as they made contact with the pans. Upon completion of the experiments, the pans were collected and the firebrands were filtered from the water using a series of fine mesh filters. The firebrands were subsequently dried and the sizes were measured using calipers and the dry mass was determined using a precision balance. Results of this study are presented
International Journal of Wildland Fire


Manzello, S. , Maranghides, A. and Mell, W. (2007), Firebrand Generation From Burning Vegetation, International Journal of Wildland Fire, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created February 20, 2007, Updated February 17, 2017