Portland State University. Department of Geography
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography
1 online resource (221 p.)
Wildfires -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban forestry -- Oregon -- Portland, Forest fires -- Prevention and control, Parks -- Oregon -- Portland, Forest Park (Portland, Or.)
Forest Park, a 5,000 acre heavily-forested park within the city limits of Portland, Oregon was selected as the study area for performing a fire simulation analysis. A well-documented fire swept over a large area of the park in 1951, and provides both direct inputs, including the ignition point, and context for the present day fire simulations. The goal of the research was two fold. First, determine the difference between small area simulations using standard and custom surface fuel models. Second, determine if fire simulation can be an effective tool in assessing fire danger and behavior in a wildland-urban interface environment like Forest Park.
Kuhn, David Malcolm, "Fuel model development and fire simulation analysis in the wildland-urban interface : the case of Forest Park, Portland, Oregon" (2005). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4309.