Establishing fire intensity and duration on small research plots using a thermal imaging camera

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  • Authors: Yost, Edward C.; Schubert, Martin R.; Gifford, Tyler; Clatterbuck, Wayne K.
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Publication Series: Proceedings - Paper (PR-P)
  • Source: e–Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–253. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Abstract

To study the effects of fire on red maple (Acer rubrum) seedlings, an experimental plantation was established. Fuels were needed to create fires of low and high intensity to reproduce conditions of wildfires in upland hardwood forests with a high red maple component. Because the amount of natural fuel needed to produce fires of low and high intensities was unknown, the purpose of this research was to study the type and amount of fuel that resulted in low and high intensity fires and fires of differing duration. This research was a pilot study and the experiment was not replicated at this time. This research was conducted at the University of Tennessee, Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, Cumberland Forest Unit (N 36º 3.045’, W 84º 28.905’) in Oliver Springs, TN.

  • Citation: Yost, Edward C.; Schubert, Martin R.; Gifford, Tyler; Clatterbuck, Wayne K. 2020. Establishing fire intensity and duration on small research plots using a thermal imaging camera. In: Bragg, Don C.; Koerth, Nancy E.; Holley, A. Gordon, eds. 2020. Proceedings of the 20th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. e–Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–253. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 149-151.
  • Keywords: prescribed fire, red maple, Acer rubrum, fire intensity
  • Posted Date: September 14, 2020
  • Modified Date: September 16, 2020
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