Fire environment

n. The conditions, influences, and modifying forces of fuel, weather and topography that control fire behavior (SAF 1990).


  • Discussion


The fire environment is characterized by three primary influences: fuel, weather, and topography. Together these influences comprise the fire behavior triangle (see illustration below).


  • See Also

  • References

    • Society of American Foresters. 1990. Glossary of fire management terms used in the United States. McPherson, Guy R.; Wade, Dale D.; Phillips, Clinton B., compilers. SAF 90-05. Washington D.C.: Society of American Foresters. 138 p.


  • Notes

    • Author 

      Joe Scott, Research Forester

      Systems for Environmental Management