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Project Vesta: Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest

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Project Vesta: Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest

Fuel Structure, Fuel Dynamics and Fire Behaviour

JS Gould  
WL McCaw  
NP Cheney  
PF Ellis  
IK Knight  
AL Sullivan  

Colour illustrations, Graphs, Tables
228 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

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Project Vesta was a comprehensive research project to investigate the behaviour and spread of high-intensity bushfires in dry eucalypt forests with different fuel ages and understorey vegetation structures. The project was designed to quantify age-related changes in fuel attributes and fire behaviour in dry eucalypt forests typical of southern Australia.

The four main scientific aims of Project Vesta were: To quantify the changes in the behaviour of fire in dry eucalypt forest as fuel develops with age (i.e. time since fire); To characterise wind speed profiles in forest with different overstorey and understorey vegetation structure in relation to fire behaviour; To develop new algorithms describing the relationship between fire spread and wind speed, and fire spread and fuel characteristics including load, structure and height; and to develop a National Fire Behaviour Prediction System for dry eucalypt forests.

These aims have been addressed through a program of experimental burning and associated studies at two sites in the south-west of Western Australia.


Experimental design
In-forest wind
Fuel moisture and drought conditions
Fire behaviour experiments
Flame dimensions and temperatures
Prediction of fire behaviour in open eucalypt forest
The contribution of bark as fuel
Spotting behaviour and firebrand distribution

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