Articles | Volume 20, issue 12
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3439–3454, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-3439-2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3439–3454, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-3439-2020

Research article 14 Dec 2020

Research article | 14 Dec 2020

A classification scheme to determine wildfires from the satellite record in the cool grasslands of southern Canada: considerations for fire occurrence modelling and warning criteria

Dan K. Thompson and Kimberly Morrison

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (02 Sep 2020) by Mario Parise
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ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (21 Sep 2020) by Mario Parise
RR by Jessica McCarty (09 Oct 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (19 Oct 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (28 Oct 2020) by Mario Parise
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We describe critically low relative humidity and high wind speeds above which only documented wildfires were seen to occur and where no agricultural fires were documented in southern Canada. We then applied these thresholds to the much larger satellite record from 2002–2018 to quantify regional differences in both the rate of observed burning and the number of days with critical weather conditions to sustain a wildfire in this grassland and agricultural region.
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