As part of the Rural Fire Research programme’s involvement in the Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), a set of experimental burns were carried out in scrub fuels
at Lake Taylor in Canterbury in March. Named “Project FuSE” (Fire in Scrub Experiments, u representing wind speed), this is the first set of experiments to be carried out in New Zealand and Australia over the next few years. A major driver for the Lake Taylor experimental burns was the opportunity to study fire behaviour in scrub fuels on steep slopes (from 10º-15º through to steep
slopes of over 30°).
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