Rights: University of Waikato Published 3 November 2009 Download



Wind is really important as one of the main variables affecting fire. Obviously, it needs to be dry enough but then wind is really critical in that it really drives and spreads fires, so it will determine the direction the fire spreads in and also how fast it will burn, which is really important in terms of how hot the fire gets, how difficult it might be to control or to contain it, and in New Zealand, that’s… often a lot of our fires are driven by wind.