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Consider the following statement:
Heat release rate (HRR) is the central factor in determining flame height. Most plume correlations assume that the fire is a point source. If you have a fire that has a larger base area, the heat source for these correlations must be adjusted.
Respond to the following items, and if it is relevant, include your own personal experience:
Define heat release rate and explain its importance in fire investigations.
What part of the heat source needs to be adjusted to calculate the plume properly in a large base-area fire?
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the fire investigator when documenting a fire scene?
Explain your opinion, and include how you, as a fire investigator, can prepare to face these challenges.