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Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Sarah J. Beukema; Elizabeth D. Reinhardt; Werner A. Kurz; Nicholas L. Crookston
Editor(s): Leon F. Neuenschwander; Kevin C. Ryan
Publication Date: 2000

The Fire and Fuels Extension (FFE) to the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) has been developed to assess the risk, behavior, and impact of fire in forest ecosystems. This extension to the widely-used stand-dynamics model FVS simulates the dynamics of snags and surface fuels as they are affected by stand management (of trees or fuels), live tree growth and mortality, and fires. It offers all the standard silvicultural options available in FVS as well as various fuel treatments and prescribed burns. In addition to the standard output provided by FVS, the FFE produces indicators of snag size and species distributions, fuel loading, and potential fire behavior and effects. The extension can also simulate the effects of fires on various stand components, using user-provided weather conditions and model-predicted fuel loading. An overview of the model, including some sample results, is provided here.

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Citation: Beukema, Sarah J.; Reinhardt, Elizabeth D.; Kurz, Werner A.; Crookston, Nicholas L. 2000. An overview of the Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator. Pages 80-85 In: Neuenschwander, Leon F.; Ryan, Kevin C. (eds.). Proceedings from the Joint Fire Science Conference and Workshop: crossing the millennium: integrating spatial technologies and ecological principles for a new age in fire management, June 15-17, 1999, Boise, Idaho. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho and the International Association of Wildland Fire.

Cataloging Information

Administration    Fire Behavior    Fire Ecology    Fire Effects    Fire Prevention    Fuels    Models    Planning    Prescribed Fire    Weather
  • computer program
  • coniferous forests
  • CWD - coarse woody debris
  • decay
  • decomposition
  • distribution
  • duff
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • FFE-FVS - Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire size
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel loading
  • fuel management
  • fuel types
  • FVS - Forest Vegetation Simulator
  • Idaho
  • JFSP - Joint Fire Science Program
  • litter
  • logging
  • mortality
  • Oregon
  • overstory
  • shrubs
  • size classes
  • snags
  • subalpine forests
  • surface fuels
  • thinning
  • trees
  • understory vegetation
  • wildfires
  • woody plants
Tall Timbers Record Number: 19517Location Status: In-fileAbstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission
JFSP Project Number(s):
  • 99-1-1-04
Record Last Modified:
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FRAMES Record Number: 147

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