Fuels Inventories in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Region: 1997

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Fifty-four sites were surveyed for fuel levels, vegetational structures, and topographic characteristics. Most of the surveyed sites were on Los Alamos National Laboratory property, however, some surveys were also conducted on U.S. Forest Service property. The overall vegetation of these sites ranged from pinon-juniper woodlands to ponderosa pine forests to mixed conifer forests, and the topographic positions included canyons, mesas, and mountains. The results of these surveys indicate that the understory fuels are the greatest in mixed conifer forests and that overstory fuels are greatest in both mixed conifer forests and ponderosa pine forests on mesas. The geographic distribution of ... continued below

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Balice, R.G.; Oswald, B.P. & Martin, C. March 1, 1999.

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Fifty-four sites were surveyed for fuel levels, vegetational structures, and topographic characteristics. Most of the surveyed sites were on Los Alamos National Laboratory property, however, some surveys were also conducted on U.S. Forest Service property. The overall vegetation of these sites ranged from pinon-juniper woodlands to ponderosa pine forests to mixed conifer forests, and the topographic positions included canyons, mesas, and mountains. The results of these surveys indicate that the understory fuels are the greatest in mixed conifer forests and that overstory fuels are greatest in both mixed conifer forests and ponderosa pine forests on mesas. The geographic distribution of these fuels would suggest a most credible wildfire scenario for the Los Alamos region. Three major fires have occurred since 1954 and these fires behaved in a manner that is consistent with this scenario. The most credible wildfire scenario was also supported by the results of BEHAVE modeling that used the fuels inventory data as inputs. Output from the BEHAVE model suggested that catastrophic wildfires would continue to occur during any season with sufficiently dry, windy weather.

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INIS; OSTI as DE00007385

Medium: P; Size: 34 pages

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  • Report No.: LA-13572-MS
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/7385 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 7385
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc709000

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Balice, R.G.; Oswald, B.P. & Martin, C. Fuels Inventories in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Region: 1997, report, March 1, 1999; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc709000/: accessed September 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.