Journal article

Quantifying the effect of mastication on flaming and smouldering durations in eucalypt forests and woodlands under laboratory conditions

JG Cawson, B Pickering, TD Penman, A Filkov

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WILDLAND FIRE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2021

Abstract

Mechanical mastication is growing in popularity as a wildfire mitigation technique. Yet few studies quantify its effects on fire behaviour. Such information is needed by fire managers to evaluate its efficacy. Our aim was to develop an understanding of how mastication alters flaming and smouldering durations and the longevity of any effects. Flaming and smouldering duration are important determinants of soil heating and smoke emissions. We used a paired sampling design, collecting litter bed (hereafter surface fuel) samples from 15 sites with masticated and untreated vegetation in shrub-encroached Eucalyptus woodlands. We measured a range of fuel bed properties and then burnt the samples in ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the Victorian Government's Safer Together initiative and through the integrated Forest Ecosystem Research program, a research partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Alexander Filkov was funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre 'Determining threshold conditions for extreme fire behaviour' project.