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Ignition of Fine Fuels Exposed to Firebrand Showers

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Author(s)

Samuel L. Manzello, Sayaka Suzuki, Junichi Suzuki, Koji Kagiya, Yoshihiko Hayashi

Abstract

Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires have caused significant destruction to communities throughout the world. WUI fires continue to burn in the USA; most recently in Texas in 2011, Colorado, and California in 2012, and Arizona, Colorado, and California in 2013. Developing the scientific-basis necessary to support test methods for firebrand resistant building elements is a key component required to reduce the WUI fire problem, as it is a structure ignition issue [1]. Yet, in the WUI, buildings are often surrounded by vegetation that, when ignited, can produce intense, localized firebrand showers, and provide direct flame contact onto building elements, leading to ignition of buildings. Of particular concern are landscape mulches located adjacent to buildings.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Annual Symposium of the Japan Association for Fire Science and Engineering
Conference Dates
May 27-28, 2014
Conference Location
Tokyo

Keywords

Firebrands, WUI Fires

Citation

Manzello, S. , Suzuki, S. , Suzuki, J. , Kagiya, K. and Hayashi, Y. (2014), Ignition of Fine Fuels Exposed to Firebrand Showers, Proceedings of the Annual Symposium of the Japan Association for Fire Science and Engineering, Tokyo, -1 (Accessed June 23, 2024)

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Created May 27, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017