S-290 Unit 3: Fuels covers the effects of fuels on fire behavior and the terminology for describing fuel characteristics, as well as fuel models used for classification. This module is part of the Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior Course.
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1. Identify and describe basic wildland fuel characteristics. 2. Identify and describe seven characteristics of fuels that affect wildland fire behavior. 3. Identify and define by size class the four dead fuel timelag categories used to classify fuels. 4. Describe how fuel availability is essential to predicting wildland fire behavior. 5. Describe the fuel model concept and identify the 6 primary groups that the fuel models are organized into. 6. Using visual cues, identify the surface fuel group that is most likely to carry fire spread and the aerial fuel characteristics that may support crown fire.
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