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FlamMap is a fire behavior mapping and analysis program that computes potential fire behavior characteristics (spread rate, flame length, fireline intensity, etc.) over an entire FARSITE landscape for constant weather and fuel moisture conditions. For more information, look under National Systems in the menu at the top of each page.

The installation program and accompanying files can be found on the Downloads page.

The FlamMap software creates raster maps of potential fire behavior characteristics (for example, spread rate, flame length, crown fire activity) and environmental conditions (dead fuel moistures, mid-flame wind speeds, and solar irradiance) over an entire FARSITE landscape. These raster maps can be viewed in FlamMap or exported for use in a GIS, image, or word processor.

FlamMap is not a replacement for FARSITE or a complete fire growth simulation model. There is no temporal component in FlamMap. It uses spatial information on topography and fuels to calculate fire behavior characteristics for a single set of environmental conditions.

FlamMap is widely used by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and other federal and state land management agencies in support of fire management activities. It is designed for use by users familiar with fuels, weather, topography, wildfire situations and the associated terminology. Because of its complexity, only users with the proper fire behavior training and experience should use FlamMap where the outputs are to be used for making fire and land management decisions.

It uses the same spatial and tabular data as FARSITE:
  • Landscape (.LCP) file,
  • Initial Fuel Moistures (.FMS) file,
  • optional Custom Fuel Model (.FMD) files,
  • optional Conversion (.CNV) files,
  • optional Weather (.WTR) files, and
  • optional Wind (.WND) files.
It incorporates the following fire behavior models:
  • Rothermel's (1972) surface fire spread model,
  • Van Wagner's (1977) crown fire initiation model,
  • Rothermel's (1991) crown fire spread model, and
  • Nelson's (2000) dead fuel moisture model.

FlamMap runs under Microsoft® Windows operating systems and features a graphical user interface. Users may need the support of a geographic information system (GIS) analyst to use FlamMap because it requires spatial coincident landscape raster information to run.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 17:13