On the Relationships between Forest Fires and Weather Conditions in Greece from Long-Term National Observations (1894-2010). Koutsias, N.; Xanthopoulos, G.; Founda, D.; Xystrakis, F.; Nioti, F.; Pleniou, M.; Mallinis, G.; and Arianoutsou, M. 22(4):493+.
On the Relationships between Forest Fires and Weather Conditions in Greece from Long-Term National Observations (1894-2010) [link]Paper  doi  abstract   bibtex   
Historical fire records and meteorological observations, spanning more than 1 century (1894-2010), were gathered and assembled in a database, to provide long-term fire-weather associations. We investigated the relationships between forest fire activity and meteorological parameters and sought to find temporal patterns and trends in these historical records and to identify any linkages between meteorological parameters and fire occurrence in the eastern Mediterranean region. Trend analysis of the time series revealed a statistically significant increase in the number of fires and air temperature, particularly after the mid-1970s. Fire occurrence, expressed as the annual number of fires and total burnt area, was strongly correlated with the mean maximum and the absolute maximum air temperature which, in turn, was related to the occurrence of summer heat waves. Total burnt area was also strongly negatively correlated with fire-season precipitation, and positively correlated with 2-year-lagged annual and summer precipitation, underlying the effect of precipitation in controlling fuel production and moisture. These findings support the argument that although annually lagged precipitation totals may have a marginal effect on fire risk by influencing biomass production and accumulation, the lag0 weather parameters are the main drivers of fire spread by directly controlling fuel moisture.
@article{koutsiasRelationshipsForestFires2013,
  title = {On the Relationships between Forest Fires and Weather Conditions in {{Greece}} from Long-Term National Observations (1894-2010)},
  author = {Koutsias, Nikos and Xanthopoulos, Gavriil and Founda, Dimitra and Xystrakis, Fotios and Nioti, Foula and Pleniou, Magdalini and Mallinis, Giorgos and Arianoutsou, Margarita},
  date = {2013},
  journaltitle = {International Journal of Wildland Fire},
  volume = {22},
  pages = {493+},
  issn = {1049-8001},
  doi = {10.1071/wf12003},
  url = {http://mfkp.org/INRMM/article/14174567},
  abstract = {Historical fire records and meteorological observations, spanning more than 1 century (1894-2010), were gathered and assembled in a database, to provide long-term fire-weather associations. We investigated the relationships between forest fire activity and meteorological parameters and sought to find temporal patterns and trends in these historical records and to identify any linkages between meteorological parameters and fire occurrence in the eastern Mediterranean region. Trend analysis of the time series revealed a statistically significant increase in the number of fires and air temperature, particularly after the mid-1970s. Fire occurrence, expressed as the annual number of fires and total burnt area, was strongly correlated with the mean maximum and the absolute maximum air temperature which, in turn, was related to the occurrence of summer heat waves. Total burnt area was also strongly negatively correlated with fire-season precipitation, and positively correlated with 2-year-lagged annual and summer precipitation, underlying the effect of precipitation in controlling fuel production and moisture. These findings support the argument that although annually lagged precipitation totals may have a marginal effect on fire risk by influencing biomass production and accumulation, the lag0 weather parameters are the main drivers of fire spread by directly controlling fuel moisture.},
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