Field guide to the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System, Second Edition
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Stephen W. Taylor; Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 2016

Cataloging Information

  • boreal mixedwood forest
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • coniferous forest
  • deciduous forest
  • elliptical fire area
  • FBP - CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction System
  • fire intensity
  • fire perimeter
  • fire types
  • fuel types
  • grass
  • head fire spread rate
  • logging slash
  • perimeter growth rate
  • spread distance
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Record Last Modified: October 14, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 23430


The Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System is a systematic method for assessing wildland fire behavior potential. This field guide provides a simplified version of the system, presented in tabular format. It was prepared to assist field staff in making first approximations of FBP System outputs when computer-based applications are not available. Quantitative estimates of head fire spread rate, fire intensity, type of fire, and spread distance, elliptical fire area, perimeter, and perimeter growth rate are provided for eighteen fuel types within five broad groupings (coniferous, deciduous, and mixedwood forests, logging slash, and grass), covering most of the major wildland fuel types found in Canada. The FBP System is intended to supplement, not replace, the experience and judgment of fire personnel.

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Download the 2017 flyer (139 KB; pdf)
Taylor, Stephen W.; Alexander, Martin E. 2016. A field guide to the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System. 2nd edition. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Special Report 11. 120 p.