Landscape fire simulation and fuel treatment optimization [Chapter 9]
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Mark A. Finney
Editor(s): Jane L. Hayes; Alan A. Ager; R. James Barbour
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • Arizona
  • crown fires
  • fine fuels
  • fire growth
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • fire simulation
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel breaks
  • fuel management
  • fuel treatments
  • ladder fuels
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • overstory
  • plant growth
  • rate of spread
  • stand characteristics
  • surface fuels
  • thinning
  • understory vegetation
  • wildfires
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Fuel teatment effects on the growth and behavior of large wildland fires depend on the spatial arrangements of individual treatment units. Evidence of this is found in burn patterns of wildland fires. During planning stages, fire simulation is most often used to anticipate effects of fuel treatment units. Theoretical modeling shows that random patterns are inefficient in changing large-fire growth rates compared to strategic designs. For complex landscapes, computational methods are being developed to identify optimal placement of fuel treatment units that collectively disrupt fire growth similarly to the strategic patterns. By combining these algorithms with forest simulations over long periods (say 50 years), the long-term effects of various treatment strategies can be compared.

Finney, M. A. 2004. Landscape fire simulation and fuel treatment optimization [Chapter 9], in JL Hayes, AA Ager, and RJ Barbour eds., Methods for integrated modeling of landscape change: interior northwest landscape analysis system. Portland, OR, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, General Technical Report PNW-GTR-610, p. 117-131.