n. Phenomenon that occurs when a fire transitions from a surface fire into the crowns of individual trees or small groups of trees and burns briefly and vigorously but not necessarily from one crown to another (Albini 1983; Andrews 1996).


  • Discussion


Torching is also referred to as passive crown fire.


  • See Also

  • References

    • Albini, F.A. 1983. Potential spotting distances from wind-driven surface fires. Res. Pap. INT-309. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 27 p.

    • Andrews, P.L. 1996. Fire behavior. In: Pyne, S.J.; Andrews, P.L.; Laven, R.D. Introduction to Wildland Fire. 2d ed. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons: Chapter 2.


  • Notes

    • Author 

      Charles W. McHugh, Fire Spatial Analyst

      Rocky Mountain Research Station