firebehavioR: an R package for fire behavior and danger analysis
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Justin Paul Ziegler; Chad M. Hoffman; William E. Mell
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

  • CFIS - Crown Fire Initiation and Spread System
  • crown fire
  • fire modeling
  • R-Package
  • Rothermel
  • surface fire
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Record Last Modified: November 6, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 58227


Wildland fire and ecological researchers use empirical and semi-empirical modeling systems to assess fire behavior and danger. This technical note describes the firebehavioR package, a porting of two fire behavior modeling systems, Crown Fire Initiation and Spread and a Rothermel-based framework, to the R programming language. We also highlight supporting data objects and functions to predict inputs required for fire behavior estimation. Last, this package contains functions for fifteen indices to express fire danger using weather and/or fuels observations. Specific advantages of predicting fire behavior using R, a free-and-open-source programming language, include freedom to adapt calculations to suit users’ needs, transparency of source code, and reduction of workflow inefficiencies, thereby aiding in sophisticated fire behavior analyses.

Online Link(s):
Ziegler, Justin P.; Hoffman, Chad M.; Mell, William E. 2019. firebehavioR: an R package for fire behavior and danger analysis. Fire 2(3):41.