Understanding stochastic wildfire simulation results (2014)
This document provides awareness-level information about stochastic wildfire simulation systems by describing their inputs and outputs, along with a simplified description of how they work. This report was prepared by Joe Scott of Pyrologix for the USDA Forest Service Washington Office.
Summarizing contemporary large-fire occurrence for land and resource management planning (2014)
When it comes to wildfire management planning, the recent past may be a guide to the near future. This whitepaper describes an analysis process for summarizing contemporary historical wildfire occurrence for a designated portion of the landscape. This document was prepared by Joe Scott of Pyrologix for the USDA Forest Service Washington Office.
Introduction to Fire Behavior Modeling (2012)
This report provides a foundation upon which to build fire behavior modeling experience gained during an apprenticeship under a master or journey-level fire behavior modeler.
Fuel model help file
This document is a compiled help file (.chm). Save it to your computer and then simply double-click on the NewFuelModels.chm file to open it. Modern versions of Windows may require an extra step to properly view the help file. If you are having trouble opening the file once it’s been downloaded, refer to this Microsoft Help page.
The help file describes characteristics of the new fuel model set, its development, and its relationship to the original set of 13 fire behavior fuel models. To assist with transition to using the new fuel models, a fuel model selection guide, fuel model crosswalk, and set of fuel model photos are provided. The content of the help file mirrors the related General Technical Report.
Spreadsheet for comparing fuel models
This spreadsheet is the “original” spreadsheet produced so that you can make quick, simple comparisons of the new fuel models with each other and with the original 13 fuel models. Guidance for using the spreadsheet is included in the helpfile, described below.
Updated spreadsheet for comparing fuel models
Although the original CompareModelsFour.xls spreadsheet continues to serve its purpose of simply comparing the fire behavior predicted for different fuel models, our public and private sector colleagues asked for a few additional features, which are now incorporated into this “S495” version. These added features include: the inclusion of fuel model numbers in addition to fuel model codes, the addition of a simple model of wind adjustment factor for each fuel model or for different canopy cover values, conversion of the X-axis to the 20-ft wind speed from the midflame height, and the inclusion of Rothermel’s crown fire rate of spread as a “fuel model” on the chart. An intrepid user will also be able to add custom fuel models to the list