The consumption of surface fuels in a wildland fire is used as a key indicator of the intensity and severity of the fire. The examination of surface fuel consumption has typically been done in post-fire assessments. There exists a knowledge gap in understanding how surface fuels are consumed during and immediately following the passage of the flame front. Addressing this knowledge gap will provide a granular data on how surface fuels are consumed in a wildfire. This information can help improve the accuracy of energy release, smoke forecasting, and flame propagation models as well as enhance our understanding of fire behaviour.
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