June 30, 2021 4:18 pm
Spatial variability in the relation between fire weather and burned area: patterns and drivers in Portugal
Tomás Calheiros, Akli Benali, João Neves Silva, Mário Pereira, and João Pedro Nunes
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https//doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2021-173,2021
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Fire weather indices are used to assess the effect of weather on wildfires and are strongly related to burnt area in Portugal. Fire weather risk was computed and combined with large wildfires. Results revealed the influence of vegetation cover: municipalities with prevalence of shrublands, located in eastern parts, burnt with less extreme conditions than those with higher forested areas, situated in coastal regions. These findings can support better prevention and fire suppression planning.