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What is live fuel moisture: Logo for Alaska Fire Science Consortium
A new look at the combustion of living plants

This webinar was co-sponsored by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium

Matt Jolly, PhD
Research Ecologist, USFS
Fire, Fuel and Smoke Science Program
Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory

Webinar presented Thursday, December 20th, 2012.

Click here (or paste the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFh3t6HF9WY into your browser) to view the recorded webinar.

Click here (or paste the link https://osu.box.com/LiveFuelMoisture into your browser) to download the entire presentation file (99.7 MB).

Live fuel moisture is measured frequently throughout the country as an indicator of potential fire behavior but little is known about the primary factors that drive their seasonal variations. Dr. Matt Jolly delves into the interactive factors that control live fuel moisture and discusses some of the potential implications of these factors on seasonal variations in the fire potential of living plants. He shows how the interactions between the water content of the foliage and seasonal changes in the leaf’s dry weight combine to influence calculated live fuel moisture and ultimately, its flammability.

Read more about Dr. Jolly's work with living plants and fire and the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab.

Presenter Contact Information:

W. Matt Jolly, PhD
Research Ecologist
USFS, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 Hwy 10 W
Missoula, MT 59808


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