Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires

Living Edition
| Editors: Samuel L. Manzello

Radiant Heat

  • Joseph W. MitchellEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51727-8_65-1

Introduction and Definition

Radiant heat is one of the three mechanisms (in addition to direct flame contact and firebrands) leading to structure ignition and loss in the wildland-urban interface. While it does not directly cause as many structure ignitions as firebrands, it is an important causal mechanism in the transfer of energy from the wildland fire into the interface setting, where structures themselves become an important source of radiant heat. Radiant heat has significant impacts on both structure and human survival within the WUI.

Radiant Heat in the Wildland-Urban Interface

As described in the entry on “Physical Transport Processes in the Wildland/WUI Fire Environment” radiant heat is a form of electromagnetic radiation emitted from thermally hot bodies due to the transition of thermally excited atoms between excited states. The spectrum follows Planck’s distribution law. The frequency range responsible for most heat transfer in wildland fires (generally assumed to be...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.M-bar Technologies and Consulting, LLCRamonaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sayaka Suzuki
    • 1
  1. 1.National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster (NRIFD)TokyoJapan