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Project ID: 07-2-1-57

Year: 2007

Date Started: 06/04/2007

Date Completed: 04/17/2009

Title: Estimating the Biomass of Hand-Piled Fuels for Smoke Management Planning

Project Proposal Abstract: Land managers need a tool to accurately and efficiently estimate the biomass of hand-piled fuels as pile burning becomes a more widespread and common method for treating high fire hazard areas with heavy surface fuels. Past pile characterization research dealt only with large, crane-constructed and tractor-built piles which have different physical properties and contain larger fuel particles (tree boles and large limbs). We propose to measure and weigh hand-constructed piles to determine the relationships between pile composition, pile size and pile biomass. We will sample different vegetation types (i.e., conifer, hardwood, and shrub) and pile sizes to develop equations for estimating hand-pile biomass. The results of this proposed research and development project will allow land managers to more accurately assess biomass in hand piles, leading to better smoke production estimates, improved burn scheduling, and more accurate compliance with the maximum allowable emissions limits as determined by various state smoke management plans. Deliverable products will include an improved pile-computation routine for piles in the widely-used fuel and fire management software CONSUME 3.0 and technical documentation that informs accurate fuels data collection and calculation of biomass.

Principal Investigator: Clinton S. Wright

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Robert E. Vihnanek

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Federal Cooperator

Clinton S. Wright

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Federal Fiscal Representative

Tamatha S. Verhunc

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Oak Woodlands

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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print go to website 1275 Government Publication Estimating Volume, Biomass, and Potential Emissions of Hand-Piled Fuels
view or print   3500 Journal Article Fire Management Today
  go to website 4593 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm Web Calculator to Estimate Hand Pile Biomass, Volume, and Emissions
  go to website 6852 Website General project information web site.
  go to website 7684 Dataset (including spatial) Dimension, volume, and biomass data for hand-piled fuels in California and Washington
    5423 Training Session Demonstration of Hand Pile Biomass Calculator to USFWS and BLM Staff at Suite of Fuel Management Tools Training Workshop

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