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What factors affect burning?

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Factors such as topography, fuel types and weather affect fire behavior. There are other factors, including fuel load, that affect both unregulated and prescribed burns.

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What factors affect burning?
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Environmental factors are an important consideration that relate to fire behavior. Whether the burn is planned as a measure to mitigate hazard or if the fire is an unplanned event, a number of factors influence the way in which the fire will act:

  • Topography: fire behaves differently across different types of terrain
  • Fuel density: fire will move quickly across dry, dense fuel
  • Weather: wind speed causes fire to move in various ways

The type, dryness, and availability of fuel in particular is a primary factor in determining fire behavior.

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