New video on NZ fire experiments

Fielddays video

A video on the New Zealand-led research to test the new theory of convective fire spread was produced recently, for use at the National Field Days. The video was aired as part of the joint science display by Scion, Landcare Research, AgResearch and ESR at the popular agricultural event.

The video describes the new convective theory, as well as the fire experiments being conducted by Scion’s fire research team together with national and international collaborators (from the University of Canterbury’s Geography Dept, US Forest Service’s Missoula Fire Science Lab and San Jose State University).

To date, two sets of burns have been completed in crop stubble fuels in 2018 and 2019, with further experiments planned for gorse scrub and subsequently wilding pines.

The video has been added to an updated section of the Rural Fire Research website (, where further videos will be added in future. Currently this includes this new video, plus the presentation by the US Forest Service’s Dr Mark Finney describing the basis for the new fire spread theory.

The video can also be found on YouTube.

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