Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System: user's guide
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Kelvin G. Hirsch
Publication Year: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • crowns
  • elevation
  • FBP - CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction System
  • fire behavior model
  • fire danger rating
  • fire growth
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire weather
  • foliage
  • foliar moisture content
  • forest management
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • moisture
  • rate of spread
  • sloping terrain
  • stand characteristics
  • surface fuels
  • topographic effects
  • topography
  • wildfires
  • wind
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The Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System provides a systematic method of assessing fire behavior. The FBP System has 14 primary inputs that can be divided into 5 general categories: fuels, weather, topography, foliar moisture content, and type and duration of prediction. In the FBP System these inputs are used to mathematically develop 4 primary and 11 secondary outputs. Primary outputs are generally based on a fire intensity equation, and secondary outputs are calculated using a simple elliptical fire growth model. This publication provides diagrams, examples, and exercises that explain the FBP System in a user-oriented manner. This guide delineates the interpretation of the FBP System's inputs and outputs and details how the predictions are derived.

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Hirsch, K. G. 1996. Canadian forest fire behavior prediction (FBP) systems: user's guide. Special Report 7. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Canadian Forest Service, Northwest Region, Northern Forestry Centre. 122 p.