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The next CEABN-InBIO Sinergias will be held at CEABN on Thursday, July 21st, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Leónia Nunes, Francisco Rego, and other members of the EXTREME project team have recently been in the USA, where they have learned cool things about fire behavior that they will share with us.

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Title: Importance of volatile organic compounds in wildfires

Abstract: There is now a solid theory suggesting that flammable gases generated from heated vegetation, in particular Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) common in Mediterranean plants, or products from incomplete combustion in the wildfire front may, under some topographic and wind conditions, accumulate in locations where,
after the arrival of the ignition source, they rapidly burst in flame as in an explosion.
These "flashover" fires are a common feature in houses where flammable gases in a confined environment easily concentrate above the Lower Flammability Limit and, given enough oxygen and ignition source, create explosive situations.
Our study may allow to improve modelling for a better prediction of the fire propagation.
In this session, we will discuss the importance of VOCs in wildfires, the main findings of the EXTREME project (Influence of forests VOCs in extreme fire behaviour - Reference PCIF/GFC/0175/2017) and also present our field and laboratory studies in Portugal and in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, USA.

Monday, 11 July 2022