Modeling the spread and behavior of prescribed natural fires
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): M. A. Finney
Publication Year: 1993

Cataloging Information

  • air quality
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • duff
  • fire case histories
  • fire growth
  • fire management
  • fuel loading
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • Georgia
  • GIS
  • landscape ecology
  • moisture
  • Oregon
  • rate of spread
  • spot fires
  • statistical analysis
  • surface fires
  • surface fuels
  • topography
  • weather observations
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
  • wind
  • woody fuels
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Record Last Modified: August 5, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 43908
Tall Timbers Record Number: 19190
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: Available [SD 397.P59 L666 1996]
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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A fire growth model, FARSITE (Fire ARea SImulator) is under development for simulating the spread and behavior of prescribed natural fires. The models uses a technique for wave propagation to expand surface fire fronts in 2 dimensions. Points defining the outer edge of a surface fire contain data on the time, direction of spread, and rate of spread. These parameters provide a logical basis for implementing models of crown fire, fire exceleration, and spotting. Preliminary validation of the FARSITE model against surface fire spread patterns from 5 prescribed natural fires suggest good agreement after some adjustments. Observations suggest consistant overprediction of spread rates for each fuel type.

Online Link(s):
Finney, M. A. 1993. Modeling the spread and behavior of prescribed natural fires, Jekyll Island, GA. Society of American Foresters, p. 138-143,