The small world network model is extended to study fire spread through forest fuels. The proposed model includes the short-range radiative and convective effects from the flame as well as the long-range "spotting" effect of firebrands. It uses a weighting procedure on network sites based on the characteristic times of thermal degradation and combustion of a flammable site. First the model is validated against nonspotting fire experiments in homogeneous media. It is then applied to heterogeneous media to illus…
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