A Hierarchical Classification of Wildland Fire Fuels for Australian Vegetation Types
AbstractAppropriate categorisation and description of living vegetation and dead biomass is necessary to support the rising complexity of managing wildland fire and healthy ecosystems. We propose a hierarchical, physiognomy-based classification of wildland fire fuels—the Bushfire Fuel Classification—aimed at integrating the large diversity of Australian vegetation into distinct fuel types that are easily communicated and quantitatively described. At its basis, the classification integrates life form characteristics, height, and foliage cover. The hierarchical framework, with three tiers, describes fuel types over a range of application requirements and fuel description accuracies. At the higher level, the fuel classification identifies a total of 32 top-tier fuel types divided into 9 native forest or woodland, 2 plantation, 10 shrubland, 7 grassland, and 4 other fuel types: wildland urban interface areas, horticultural crops, flammable wetlands, and nonburnable areas. At an intermediate level, the classification identifies 51 mid-tier fuel types. Each mid-tier fuel type can be divided into 4 bottom-tier fuel descriptions. The fuel types defined within the tier system are accompanied by a quantitative description of their characteristics termed the “fuel catalogue”. Work is currently under way to link existing Australian state- and territory-based fuel and vegetation databases with the fuel classification and to collate existent fuel characteristics information to populate the fuel catalogue. The Bushfire Fuel Classification will underpin a range of fire management applications that require fuel information in order to determine fire behaviour and risk, fuel management, fire danger rating, and fire effects. View Full-Text
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Cruz, M.G.; Gould, J.S.; Hollis, J.J.; McCaw, W.L. A Hierarchical Classification of Wildland Fire Fuels for Australian Vegetation Types. Fire 2018, 1, 13.
Cruz MG, Gould JS, Hollis JJ, McCaw WL. A Hierarchical Classification of Wildland Fire Fuels for Australian Vegetation Types. Fire. 2018; 1(1):13.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cruz, Miguel G.; Gould, Jim S.; Hollis, Jen J.; McCaw, W. L. 2018. "A Hierarchical Classification of Wildland Fire Fuels for Australian Vegetation Types." Fire 1, no. 1: 13.
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