Bucklands Crossing firefighter burnover a case study of fire behaviour and firefighter safety implications /

On March 24, 1998, a crew of eight rural firefighters were burned over while attempting to suppress a backburning sector of the Bucklands Crossing Fire in North Otago, New Zealand. Several fire fighters were hit by a blowup that was most likely caused by a rapid reburn through previously underburned...

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Main Author: Pearce, H. Grant.
Corporate Authors: Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference
Language: English
Published: [Fort Collins, Co. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2007]
Series: Proceedings RMRS ; P-46CD
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Notes: Title from PDF page caption (viewed November 5, 2008).
Originally published in: The fire environment-- innovations, management, and policy : conference proceedings, 26-30 March 2007, Destin, FL. / compilers, Bret W. Butler, Wayne Cook. (Proceedings RMRS-P-46CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S.Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. CD-ROM).
LIBRARY'S COPY PRINTED OFF THE INTERNET ([11] p. : ill. ; 29 cm.) ; as of 10/23/08.
Fire/EMS/Safety
Online Access: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_p046/rmrs_p046_229_239.pdf
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Summary: On March 24, 1998, a crew of eight rural firefighters were burned over while attempting to suppress a backburning sector of the Bucklands Crossing Fire in North Otago, New Zealand. Several fire fighters were hit by a blowup that was most likely caused by a rapid reburn through previously underburned shrub fuels. The extreme fire behavior (upslope spread and transition to a crown fire) was most likely the result of strong winds and localized turbulence, combining with steep topography and highly flammable, preheated shrub fuels. The case study describes the activities of personnel leading up to and during the incident in relation to the fire environment and fire behavior. Aspects of fire fighter safety during the incident are also discussed, including the performance of protective clothing. Findings highlight the need for increased training of fire fighters in fire behavior and greater situational awareness of the fire environment and indicators of extreme fire behavior potential. Cf. Abstract.
Item Description: Title from PDF page caption (viewed November 5, 2008).
Originally published in: The fire environment-- innovations, management, and policy : conference proceedings, 26-30 March 2007, Destin, FL. / compilers, Bret W. Butler, Wayne Cook. (Proceedings RMRS-P-46CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S.Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. CD-ROM).
LIBRARY'S COPY PRINTED OFF THE INTERNET ([11] p. : ill. ; 29 cm.) ; as of 10/23/08.
Fire/EMS/Safety
Physical Description: p. 229-239 : col. ill., digital, PDF file.
Format: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Systems requirements: Adobe Acrobat PDF reader.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-239).