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      Earth System Laboratory ---

Coupled Weather-Wildland Fire Modeling

Case Studies

The following animations show coupled weather-fire behavior model simulations of the growth of wildfires. They were simulated using the Coupled Atmosphere-Wildland Fire Environment (CAWFE) model.

Little Bear Fire (Ignition: 6/4/12 near Ruidoso, NM)

Collaborator: Wilfrid Schroeder (Univ. of Maryland)

The Little Bear Fire was ignited by lightning strike in the Sierra Blanco Mountains of New Mexico. It burned 17,939 ha (44,330 ac) and 254 buildings and was the most destructive fire in New Mexico State history.