Articles | Volume 21, issue 4
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 21, 815–823, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-21-815-2014

Special issue: Physics-driven data mining in climate change and weather...

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 21, 815–823, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-21-815-2014

Research article 07 Aug 2014

Research article | 07 Aug 2014

Fractal dimensions of wildfire spreading

S.-L. Wang, H.-I. Lee, and S.-P. Li S.-L. Wang et al.
  • Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica 128 Sec. 2, Academia Rd., Nankang, Taipei, 11529, Taiwan (ROC)

Abstract. The time series data of 31 wildfires in 2012 in the US were analyzed. The fractal dimensions (FD) of the wildfires during spreading were studied and their geological features were identified. A growth model based on the cellular automata method is proposed here. Numerical study was performed and is shown to give good agreement with the fractal dimensions and scaling behaviors of the corresponding empirical data.