Field guide to the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Stephen W. Taylor; R. G. Pike; Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 1997

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • boreal forests
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • coniferous forests
  • deciduous forests
  • Douglas-fir
  • FBP - CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction System
  • fire danger rating
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire size
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • grasses
  • hardwood forest
  • lodgepole pine
  • logging
  • pine forests
  • pine hardwood forests
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus contorta
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • ponderosa pine
  • prediction model
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • rate of spread
  • slash
  • sloping terrain
  • statistical analysis
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: October 14, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 6241
Tall Timbers Record Number: 11790
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The Canadian Forest Fire Behavior System is a systematic method for assessing wildland f1re behavior potential. The guide provides a simplified version of the system, presented in tabular format. It was prepared to assist 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 elliptical fire area, perimeter, and perimeter growth rate are provided for sixteen discrete fuel types within five broad groupings (coniferous, deciduous, and mixed wood forests, logging slash, and grass), covering most of the major forest fuel types found in Canada. The FBP system is intended to supplement the experience and judgment of fire managers.

[This publication is referenced in the "Synthesis of knowledge of extreme fire behavior: volume I for fire managers" (Werth et al 2011).]

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Download the guide (3.8 MB; pdf)
Taylor, Stephen W.; Pike, R. G.; Alexander, Martin E. 1997. Field guide to the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System. Special Report 11. Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre. 64 p.