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International Journal of Forestry Research
Volume 2015, Article ID 613736, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/613736
Research Article

Evaluation of Forest Fire Danger Indexes for Eucalypt Plantations in Bahia, Brazil

1Departamento de Engenharia Florestal, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Avenida Marechal Rondon, s/n, Rosa Elze, 49100-000 São Cristóvão, SE, Brazil
2Laboratório GEOPLAN, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Avenida Marechal Rondon, s/n, Rosa Elze, 49100-000 São Cristóvão, SE, Brazil

Received 14 April 2015; Revised 18 June 2015; Accepted 18 June 2015

Academic Editor: Piermaria Corona

Copyright © 2015 Larissa Alves Secundo White et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A Forest Fire Danger Index is a valuable tool in forest fire prevention and firefight because it grades fire occurrence possibility on a daily basis. Six Fire Danger Indexes were tested for accuracy based on forest fire occurrence in eucalyptus plantations of the north coast of Bahia, Brazil. They are Angstron, Nesterov, Telicyn Logarithmic Index, Monte Alegre, Rodríguez and Moretti, and Modified Monte Alegre. The results were analyzed using two parameters of the Heidke Skill Score test: Skill Score index and Percentage of Success. The Telicyn Logarithmic Index proved to be the most accurate for the study area.