Estimating fuel consumption for the upper coastal plain of South Carolina

  • Authors: Goodrick, S.L.; Shea, D.; Blake, J.
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: Southern Journal Applied Forestry 34:5-12.


Recent changes in air quality regulations present a potential obstacle to continued use of prescribed fire as a land management tool. towering of the acceptable daily concentration of particulate matter from 6510 35 jig/m' will bring much closer scrutiny of prescribed burning practices from the air quality community. To work within this narrow window, land managers need simple tools to allow them to estimate their potential emissions and examine trade-offs between continued use of prescribed fire and other means of fuels management. A critical part of the emissions estimation process is determining the amount of fuel consumed during the burn. This study combines results from a number of studies along the Upper Coastal Plain of South Carolina to arrive at a simple means of estimating total fuel consumption on prescribed fires. The result is a simple linear relationship that determines the total fuel consumed as a function of the product of the preburn fuel load and the burning index of the National Fire Danger Rating System.

  • Citation: Goodrick, S.L.; Shea, D.; Blake, J. 2010. Estimating fuel consumption for the upper coastal plain of South Carolina. Southern Journal Applied Forestry 34:5-12.
  • Keywords: prescribed fire, emissions, fuel consumption
  • Posted Date: September 8, 2010
  • Modified Date: September 24, 2010
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