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Rating fire danger in Alaska ecosystems: CFFDRS provides an invaluable guide to systematically evaluating burning conditions
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander; Frank V. Cole
Publication Year: 2001

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Keyword(s):
  • BUI - CFFDRS Buildup Index
  • Canada
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • DC - CFFDRS Drought Code
  • DMC - CFFDRS Duff Moisture Code
  • FBP - CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction System
  • FFMC - CFFDRS Fine Fuel Moisture Code
  • FWI - Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System
  • ISI - CFFDRS Initial Spread Index
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Record Last Modified: August 2, 2023
FRAMES Record Number: 3397

Description

Excerpted from article: 'The Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) has officially been used in Alaska since 1992. The CFFDRS is comprised of two major subsystems: the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI) System and the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System. The FWI System has six standard components: 1) the Fine Fuel Moisture Code (FFMC); 2) the Duff Moisture Code (DMC); 3) the Drought Code (DC); 4) the Initial Spread Index (ISI); 5) the Buildup Index (BUI); and 6) the Fire Weather Index (FWI). These six components provide relative numerical ratings of wildland fire potential for a standard fuel type on level terrain based on weather inputs. The FBP System provides for actual quantitative estimates of various fire behavior parameters for 16 distinct fuel types and topographic situations based in part on inputs from the FWI System (primarily the ISI and BUI).'

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Alexander, Martin E.; Cole, Frank V. 2001. Rating fire danger in Alaska ecosystems: CFFDRS provides an invaluable guide to systematically evaluating burning conditions. BLM Alaska Fire Service Fireline Newsletter 12(4):2-3.