Welcome to FireModels.org
The fire behavior and fire danger systems described on FireModels.org are public domain and most can be downloaded from this site. They are designed to be used by fire and land managers who have training and fire experience. Some require spatial databases. WFAS is an internet-based system that provides fire danger maps that can be viewed by the general public as well as by land managers. An overview of each system is given below.
National Systems are supported by U.S Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management. The researchers and contractors who developed them continue to be involved. Research Systems are in the development, testing, and evaluation stage, involving researchers at the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab. Beta versions of the research systems may be available for testing. For additional information on a specific system, please see the appropriate web page (accessed via the main menu at the top of the page).
These systems are a result of a productive cooperative effort on the part of:
National Fire Behavior Systems
The following fire behavior systems are based on essentially the same mathematical fire models, are complementary, and are suited to different fire management needs. Please view the Fire Behavior System Comparison Table for details on general similarities and differences. Fire behavior systems produce specific elements of a fire (spread rate, perimeter, flame length, scorch height, etc.) whereas fire danger systems produce indices.
National Fire Danger Systems
The U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) produces indices such as Energy Release Component (ERC) that indicate the potential for fire activity. (There is not a computer program called NFDRS.)
Research Systems Under Development
As new research is completed, results will be incorporated into fire behavior and fire danger systems.
Research and Development Continues...
|Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2011 09:48|