Guidebook on LANDFIRE fuels data acquisition, critique, modification, maintenance, and model calibration
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Richard D. Stratton
Publication Year: 2009

Cataloging Information

  • computer program
  • cover
  • crown fires
  • disturbance
  • FARSITE - Fire Area Simulator
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • flame length
  • FlamMap
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • geospatial fire analysis
  • GIS - geographic information system
  • insects
  • LCP Critique
  • LFDAT - LANDFIRE Data Access Tool
  • MTT - Minimum Travel Time
  • overstory
  • population density
  • rate of spread
  • statistical analysis
  • storms
  • WFDSS - Wildland Fire Decision Support System
  • wildfires
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: May 27, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 6776
Tall Timbers Record Number: 26035
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.


With the advent of LANDFIRE fuels layers, an increasing number of specialists are using the data in a variety of fire modeling systems. However, a comprehensive guide on acquiring, critiquing, and editing (ACE) geospatial fuels data does not exist. This paper provides guidance on ACE as well as on assembling a geospatial fuels team, model calibration, and maintaining geospatial data and documentation. The LANDFIRE Data Access Tool (LFDAT), an ArcMap extension, and the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) are the primary tools outlined in this guide to obtain the Fire Area Simulator (FARSITE) landscape file (LCP) for geospatial fuels application. Other useful geographic information system (GIS) data acquisition websites and layers for geospatial fire analysis are also provided. Critiquing the data consists of (1) a tabular critique of the inputs using LCP Critique and (2) a geospatial critique of the inputs and outputs using FlamMap and ArcMap. Detailed information is provided on many of the layers that constitute the LCP (fuel model, canopy cover, stand height, crown base height, crown bulk density). Inputs are spatially critiqued using FlamMap and ArcMap in combination with the existing vegetation type layer. Outputs critiqued include flame length, rate of spread, fireline intensity, crown fire activity, and fire growth. Compare-Models-Four and Minimum Travel Time (MTT) are discussed, the WFDSS landscape editor is demonstrated as a tool to edit and update an LCP and a section on model calibration using FARSITE and MTT is included. The paper concludes with direction and discussion on data maintenance, documentation, and complexities of a national fuels dataset for field application.

Online Link(s):
Link to this document (7.4 MB; pdf)
Stratton, Richard D. 2009. Guidebook on LANDFIRE fuels data acquisition, critique, modification, maintenance, and model calibration. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-220. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 54 p.

Related Records