A Critical Assessment of the Burning Index Used in Fighting Wildland Fires: USGS Research Brief

This study found that the predictive capability of the commonly used Burning Index was quite limited and proposed an index with improved predictive ability for Los Angeles County, California.
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Schoenberg, F. P., C. H. Chang, J. E. Keeley, J. Pompa, J. Woods, and H. Xu. 2007. A critical assessment of the Burning Index in Los Angeles County, California. Internatiional Journal of Wildland Fire:473-483.