n. The source of heat that sustains the combustion process. (van Wagtendonk 2006)  


  • Discussion


In wildland fire, fuel is all combustible plant-derived material including grass, litter, duff, down dead woody debris, exposed roots, plants, shrubs, and trees. This plant-derived material can be dead or alive.  Plant parts that are not consumed, such as the trunks of live trees, are not considered fuel.


  • See Also

  • References

    • van Wagtendonk, J.W.  2006.  Fire as a physical process.  In: Sugihara, N.G., J. W. van Wagtendonk, K.E. Shaffer, J. Fites-Kauffman, and A.E. Thode (eds.) Fire in California’s ecosystems. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA. pp. 38-57.


  • Notes

    • Author 

      Eric Knapp, Research Ecologist

      Pacific Southwest Research Station