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Project ID: 07-1-4-05

Year: 2007

Date Started: 06/04/2007

Date Completed: 11/21/2014

Title: Smoldering Combustion Limits of Organic Soils in North Carolina

Project Proposal Abstract: Wetland communities with organic soils present serious challenges to fire managers. At present there a number of barriers to effective fire use in these communities. One factor that limits the effectiveness of suppression tactics and fire use is uncertainty about conditions that will support sustained smoldering combustion in organic soil. This study will build on previous research conducted in North Carolina wetland communities and will improve our understanding of how moisture and mineral content affect the smoldering combustion limits of organic soil. Root mat and muck soil samples from a number of sites in North Carolina's coastal plain will be burned under laboratory conditions. Laboratory results will be used to model the probability of sustained combustion over a range of moisture and mineral contents. Model estimates will be compared with the results of prescribed burning on a number of sites. Predicting smoldering combustion risk based on measurable soil properties will improve the effectiveness of burning programs and increase management options and opportunities. An increased understanding of the relationship between soil properties and sustained smoldering also has the potential to improve our larger scale predictive ability by creating links between the North Carolina RAWS weather station network and soil and hydrologic data bases.

Principal Investigator: James J. Reardon

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

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Co-Principal Investigator

Roberta A. Bartlette

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

Gary M. Curcio

North Carolina

DFR-Ralph Winkworth Forestry Center

Federal Cooperator

James J. Reardon

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Federal Fiscal Representative

Judy A. Perry

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fort Collins

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