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Circular 1432: Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Understanding Fire Behavior

Figure 1. The vertical flames in this prescribed fire demonstrate the convective air currents carrying heat, smoke, and firebrands vertically into the sky. The smoke and firebrands can cause problems if they settle on roads or houses. In this picture, firefighters are standing between the fire and the house to detect the radiant heat being released and will hose the fire down if it gets too hot.