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Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Sarah J. Beukema; Julee A. Greenough; Donald C. E. Robinson; Werner A. Kurz; Elizabeth D. Reinhardt; Nicholas L. Crookston; James K. Brown; Colin C. Hardy; Albert R. Stage
Compiler(s): Richard Teck; Melinda Moeur; Judy Adams
Publication Date: 1997

The Fire Effects Model Extension is a new extension to FVS and the PPE that allows users to simulate the effects of fire on a number of indicators, including stand structure and composition, fuel loading, and size and density of snags. In the absence of fire, the model can be used to simulate snag and fuel dynamics resulting from tree growth and mortality and stand management. While the model produces indicators of stand risk to fire (in terms of potential flame length), the model cannot be used to simulate fire spread or the probability of a fire. A brief description of the model is given here, with some sample results showing some of the new indicators at the stand and landscape level.

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Citation: Beukema, Sarah J.; Greenough, Julee A.; Robinson, Donald C.E.; Kurz, Werner A.; Reinhardt, Elizabeth D.; Crookston, Nicholas L.; Stage, Albert R. 1997. An introduction to the fire and fuels extension to FVS. Pages 191-195. In: Teck, Richard; Moeur, Melinda; Adams, Judy, (comps.). Proceedings: Forest Vegetation Simulator Conference, 3-7 February 1997, Fort Collins, CO. General Technical Report INT-GTR-373. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station.

Cataloging Information

  • bibliographies
  • catastrophic fires
  • climatology
  • computer program
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • crowns
  • decay
  • diameter classes
  • digital data collection
  • duff
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fine fuels
  • fire exclusion
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire models
  • fire suppression
  • flame length
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel loading
  • fuel models
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • FVS - Forest Vegetation Simulator
  • habitat types
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • landscape ecology
  • leaves
  • litter
  • mortality
  • national forests
  • plant growth
  • population density
  • population ecology
  • post-fire recovery
  • rate of spread
  • size classes
  • snag dynamics
  • snags
  • stand characteristics
  • statistical analysis
  • temperature
  • vegetation surveys
  • wildfires
  • wind
  • woody fuels
Tall Timbers Record Number: 20216, 19157Location Status: Not in fileAbstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission
JFSP Project Number(s):
  • 99-1-1-04
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