Assessment of fire danger vulnerability using McArthur's forest and grass fire danger indices

Khastagir, A, Jayasuriya, L and Bhuiyan, M 2018, 'Assessment of fire danger vulnerability using McArthur's forest and grass fire danger indices', Natural Hazards, vol. 94, no. 3, pp. 1277-1291.


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Title Assessment of fire danger vulnerability using McArthur's forest and grass fire danger indices
Author(s) Khastagir, A
Jayasuriya, L
Bhuiyan, M
Year 2018
Journal name Natural Hazards
Volume number 94
Issue number 3
Start page 1277
End page 1291
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Abstract McArthur's fire danger index (FDI) is an integrated measure of the risk of fire occurrence, spreading speed and containment difficulty. The climatic parameter-dependent McArthur forest and grass fire danger indices were used to categorize fire danger severity. This paper explored the characteristics of four different climatic stations in Victoria, Australia, to determine their spatial and temporal variations impacting FDIs and the risk of fire occurrence. Sensitivity analysis was performed to develop nomograms to relate the variation of FDIs with key climatic parameters. These nomograms combine temperature, relative humidity and wind speed to determine fire risk categories in assisting field-based emergency and fire management authorities to identify danger and response plans to mitigate risks by mobilizing human and mechanical resources.
Subject Water Resources Engineering
Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Bushfires
Climatic parameters
Grassland Fire danger Index
McArthur Forest Fire Danger Index
Sensitivity analysis
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s11069-018-3476-8
Copyright notice © 2018, Springer Nature B.V.
ISSN 0921-030X
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