The Simple Smoke Screening Tool is back! The Southern Fire Exchange previously hosted this tool on our website but we lost the ability to run it following our website migration in March 2020. Thanks to the Florida Forest Service, this easy to use smoke plotting tool has a new home and host on the Florida Forest Service “Fire Tools and Downloads” webpage. The Florida Forest Service is hosting this tool as a resource for prescribed burners across the U.S. so be sure to join us in sharing your appreciation!
Simple Smoke Screening Tool is an easy to use online tool for plotting a potential smoke impact area using a set of basic input parameters (location, area burned, wind direction, fuel type and ignition method). The Simple Smoke Screening Tool is similar to the manual protractor method for screening smoke impacts. The Simple Smoke Screening Tool was originally developed by the Southern High Resolution Modeling Consortium and hosted by Southern Regional Extension Forestry at the University of Georgia. Around 2015 it was upgraded to include a .kml output and hosted by the Southern Fire Exchange. Starting in July 2020 it has been hosted by the Florida Forest Service.Continue Reading
The NEW SFE PB-Piedmont fact sheet (pdf) is out! PB-Piedmont is is a web browser-based tool for modeling nighttime and early morning smoke movement in the Piedmont region of the South. PB-Piedmont is useful for predicting where smoke and fog may accumulate at night to assess the potential for impacting roadways or smoke sensitive areas. Validation tests have shown that PB-Piedmont also works in other regions with less significant topographic relief. Check out the new fact sheet and then go try out the model yourself.
The team developing IFTDSS released an Exposure Analysis fact sheet (pdf) that highlights features of the new integrated Exposure Analysis tool in IFTDSS. Exposure analysis is a step towards developing a quantitative wildfire risk assessment (a IFTDSS feature coming this fall).
“IFTDSS is a web-based application designed to make fuels treatment planning and analysis more efficient and effective. IFTDSS provides access to data and models through one simple user interface. It is available to all interested users, regardless of agency or organizational affiliation.”