Models and Tools
Fire Behavior, Effects, and Fuels
The BehavePlus fire modeling system is a collection of models that describe fire behavior, fire effects, and the fire environment. Click here to access the installation program and accompanying files. BehavePlus training powerpoints, downloads, and lessons can be found here.
FARSITE is a fire behavior and fire growth simulator that incorporates both spatial and temporal information on topography, fuels, and weather. Click here to access the installation program and accompanying files. Click here for FARSITE training powerpoints, downloads, and lessons.
FCCS (Fuel Characteristic Classification Software) is a comprehensive software system of fuelbed classification that captures the structural complexity and geographical diversity of fuel components across landscapes and provides the ability to assess elements of human and natural change. The installation program and accompanying files can be found here. For FCCS training information, click here.
FireFamilyPlus is used for analysis of fire danger indices and weather. The installation program and accompanying files can be found here. For Fire Family Plus training powerpoints, downloads, and lessons, click here.
FlamMap is a fire behavior mapping and analysis program that computes potential fire behavior characteristics (e.g., spread rate, flame length, fireline intensity) over an entire FARSITE landscape for constant weather and fuel moisture conditions. The installation program and accompanying files can be found here. For FlamMap training powerpoints, downloads, and lessons, click here.
IFTDSS (Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System) is a web-based software application that organizes previously existing fire and fuels software tools to make fuels treatment planning and analysis more effective and efficient. This tool requires the user to create an account. To begin using this tool, see Getting Started: System Overview.
LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) is an interagency vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics mapping program. Visit the Nature Conservancy's Conservation Gateway for a how to use LANDFIRE guide and several other useful resources.
SMARTFIRE (Satellite Mapping Automated Reanalysis Tool for Fire Incident Reconciliation) is an algorithm and database system that operates within a geographic information system (GIS) framework.
BlueSky Framework is a model management system that facilitates the use of predictive models to simulate the cumulative impacts of smoke on air quality from forest, agricultural, and range fires.
CONSUME is a user-friendly software application designed for resource managers and scientists. The software predicts the amount of fuel consumption, emissions, and heat release based on weather data, the amount and fuel moisture of fuels, and a number of other factors. The installation program and accompanying files can be found here. For CONSUME tutorials and guidebooks, click here.
FEPS (Fire Emission Production Simulator) is a user-friendly computer program designed for scientists and resource managers. The software manages data concerning consumption, emissions, and heat release characteristics of prescribed burns and wildland fires.
HYSPLIT links to current NOAA weather forecasts to project plume dispersion and downwind concentrations from fires or a variety of other sources, within the next 48 hours. The model can be downloaded to a PC or run interactively on the Air Resources Laboratory’s READY website.
The Simple Smoke Screening Model is a graphical tool available through the Southern High Resolution Monitoring Consortium (SHRMC) that predicts the downwind smoke impact zone based on the wind forecast direction, burn acres, fuel type, and ignition method.
VSmoke is a detailed planning tool that estimates downwind concentrations of particulate matter at 31 fixed distances, and how far and how well a person may see through the smoke plume at each distance.
VSmoke-Web is a user-friendly tool available on the SHRMC website, which produces smoke plume overlays on a map or satellite image that represent expected downwind concentrations of particulate matter relative to the Air Quality Index and potential health impacts.
Wildland Fire Air Quality Tools is an integrated site with multiple tools related to forcasting smoke and air quality designed especially for access in the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS).