FARSITE: a fire area simulator for fire managers
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Mark A. Finney
Editor(s): David R. Weise; Robert E. Martin
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • FARSITE - Fire Area Simulator
  • fire growth model
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 10891


A fire growth model (FARSITE) has been developed for use on personal computers (PC's). Because PC's are commonly used by land and fire managers, this portable platform would be an accustomed means to bring fire growth modeling technology to management applications. The FARSITE model is intended for use in projecting the growth of prescribed natural fires for wilderness areas. The PC model requires the support of a geographic information system (GIS) to manage and provide landscape data. FARSITE currently uses a stream of weather and wind changes along with landscape data downloaded from the GIS to model fire growth.

Online Link(s):
Finney, Mark A. 1995. FARSITE: a fire area simulator for fire managers. In: Weise, David R.; Martin, Robert E., technical coordinators. The Biswell symposium: fire issues and solutions in urban interface and wildland ecosystems; February 15-17, 1994; Walnut Creek, California. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-158. Albany, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. p. 55-56.