Despite the 10th Circuit Federal Court’s implication that “the long-term, low-temperature ignition theory” of wood is “unreliable,” there is substantial empirical data to support the occurrence of wood fires igniting at well below wood’s commonly recognized ignition temperature. When evaluating a wood fire, temperature is only one factor to include in an analysis. The wood’s form and condition as well as the intensity of the heat source can play a role in starting a fire. A thorough investigation supported by solid data and research can be the best tool an engineer has for clarifying how long-term low-temperature ignition of wood occurs and addressing the issue in litigation matters.
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