Surface Fire Size and Shape

  1. Surface Fire Shape
  2. Surface Fire Area Estimation from Point Source Fire, in Acres
  3. Surface Fire Perimeter Estimation from Point Source Fire, in Chains

These tools are intended for use with initiating fires only. Use the known ignition time and the number of hours after that you are interested in. Consider using:

  • Number of hours from ignition until the end of the expected burn period.
  • Number of hours until you arrive at the fire.

Surface Fire Shape

Remember that effective windspeed, as referenced here, is based on midflame windspeed.

Length to Width Ratio in parenthesis

Surface Fire Elliptical Shape - These elliptical fire shapes demonstrate the effect of midflame windspeed and point out the length to width ratio in each case.

Surface Fire Area Estimation from Point Source Fire, in Acres

Table 1, Spread Distance 1–50 Chains

Surface Fire Area, Table 1 (1—50 chains spread distance).

Table 2, Spread Distance 52–165 Chains

Surface Fire Area, Table 2 (52-165 chains spread distance).

Surface Fire Perimeter Estimation from Point Source Fire, in Chains

Table 3, Spread Distance 1–50 Chains

Surface Fire Perimeter, Table 3 (1—50 chains spread distance).

Table 4, Spread Distance 52–165 Chains

Surface Fire Perimeter, Table 4 (52-165 chains spread distance).

 

 

Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2019-03-12