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By Edward A. Johnson

This publication assembles the appropriate reviews of fireside depth, fee of unfold, gas intake, hearth frequency, and fireplace climate within the North American boreal wooded area. The principal thesis is that the North American boreal wooded area has no less than 4 wildfire features which are vital in knowing the dynamics of its plant populations: the massive measurement of the burns with recognize to dispersal distances; the quick recurrence time of fireside with recognize to tree lifespans; the excessive mortality of vegetation a result of predominance of crown fires; and an outstanding germination floor as a result of huge quarter of the wooded area flooring that's coated through ash.

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1) The blocking ridge establishes itself, causing the fuels to dry rapidly. Fires during this phase will generally be man-caused since there is little or no lightning associated with the subsiding air flow of the ridge. Fire spread is slow during this stage because wind is light. Higher elevations can be drier than lower elevations due to the air mass subsidence. (2) The ridge may partially or completely break down into a trough. It is during this breakdown period that fires are started by lightning and/or have rapid spread.

The flame is the essence of a fire to most people. To characterize this flame, the rate at which heat is given off by the flame (fire intensity) is more useful than the flame's temperature. Temperature is a quantification of the degree of hotness of a body, while heat is the quantification of the work transferred from a body at higher temperature to one at lower temperature. The temperature of a single burning twig can be the same as a large crown fire yet clearly the crown fire is transferring more heat from the flaming front to the immediate environment than is the burning twig.

This, of course, presumes they were present and reproductive in the pre-flre forest. Non-serotinous species such as white spruce, balsam fir, ground juniper, red pine, birches and trembling aspen will have colonization limitations unless they have surviving reproductive individuals scattered throughout the burn. Several studies have shown juniper (Diotte and Bergeron 1989) and red pine (Van Wagner 1971b, 38 Forest fire behavior Bergeron and Brisson 1990) to be restricted by dispersal distances after local destruction by fire.

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