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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).

 

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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.

  • BehavePlus fire modeling system
     
  • PC program
  • Modeling of fire behavior, fire effects, and fire environment
  • Interactive user input
  • Uniform conditions for each calculation
  • Table, graph, and diagram output
  • Used for basic fire modeling understanding, prescribed fire planning, fuel hazard assessment, predicting wildfire behavior, etc.
  • FlamMap fire mapping and analysis system
     
  • PC program
  • Potential fire behavior across the landscape
  • Spatial fuel and terrain data needed
  • Weather and fuel moisture constant for a run
  • Minimum travel time and other options available
  • Used for fuel hazard assessment, placement of fuel treatment projects, and more
  • FARSITE fire area simulator
       
  • PC program
  • Fire growth simulation
  • Spatial fuel and terrain data needed
  • Weather and fuel moisture change with time
  • Used to project fire growth of ongoing fires and hypothetical fires for planning, and more

 

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.)

  • FireFamilyPlus
       
  • PC program
  • Uses archived weather and fire data
  • Analysis of fire weather and fire danger indices
  • Used to set threshold levels for fire management actions, such as forest restrictions, and more

 

Research Systems Under Development

As new research is completed, results will be incorporated into fire behavior and fire danger systems.

  • WindWizard
     
  • No longer available
  • PC software under development
  • Gridded wind model that reflects the effect of topography
  • Not a forecast model
  • Uses general wind speed and direction scenarios
  • Used by FlamMap and FARSITE
  • WindNinja
     
  • PC software under development
  • Gridded wind model that reflects the effect of topography
  • Faster computation than WindWizard, but less accurate
  • Uses general wind speed and direction scenarios
  • Used by FlamMap and FARSITE, GIS, and soon FSPro
  • FireStem
       
  • PC test program is available
  • Based on fundamental thermodynamics and heat transfer effects on cambium
  • Additional species are being studied

 

Research and Development Continues...

  • Links among these systems and with others are being improved.
  • Additional publications and training material are being developed.
  • Improved mathematical models will be incorporated as they become available.
  • The long-term plan is for a redesign with common user interfaces.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2011 09:48