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    Title:Fire behaviour in mulch fuelbeds along linear corridors
 
    Year:2012
 
    Status:Current
 
    Researcher(s):Steven Hvenegaard (Lead)
 
    Abstract:Mulching is often used as fuel treatment along linear corridors such as hydro line rights of way in forested areas to reduce the potential of line contact with vegetation and convert the fuel loading under the hydro lines and structures to a less flammable state.

Research and documentation of fire behaviour in mulched fuel beds along linear corridors is limited. Even though there is general acceptance that mulching is an effective fuel treatment for reducing fire intensity, questions remain regarding the conditions under which mulched fuel beds will act as a fuel break or serve as a wick for sustained fire spread.

This project will study how mulched fuel beds in linear corridors respond to point source ignition (simulating ember transfer) or line ignition (simulating an approaching fire front). Experimental burns will be conducted under varying weather and fuel moisture conditions.
 
    Advisory Member(s):Alberta Agriculture and Forestry; BC Hydro; Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources
 
    Other Collaborator(s):University of Alberta, University of Toronto
 
    Tags:Corridor; Fuel Management; Mulch; see all tags...
 
  Related Documents
   
Report: BC Hydro Northwest Transmission Line Wildfire Hazard Assessment and Mitigation StrategyJanuary 2016
Report: Moisture content and ignition probability in chip fuelbeds along BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line right-of-wayOctober 2014
Report: Fire behaviour case study for the Copper River FireFebruary 2015
Update: Fire behaviour in mulch fuelbeds along linear corridors in Northern BCOctober 2014
Report: Potential fire behaviour in deep chipped fuel beds: field studies on the BC Hydro Northern Transmission LineOctober 2013
Report: Mulched fuels and potential fire behaviour in BC Hydro rights-of-wayJuly 2013
Update: Observations of mulch fuelbeds along BC Hydro rights-of-wayOctober 2012
Update: Fire behaviour in mulch fuelbeds along linear corridors in Fort Providence, NTJuly 2012
Project Plan: Fire behaviour in mulch fuelbeds along linear corridorsMarch 2012
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