The Rothermel fire-spread model: still running like a champ
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Joint Fire Science Program
Publication Year: 2008

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  • fire spread model
  • Rothermel
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In 1972, aeronautical engineer Richard C. Rothermel, of the USDA Fire Sciences Lab at Missoula, Montana, developed a method for modeling the spread of wildfire. The model became widely used, and although the ensuing years have brought many technological innovations, it is still the engine of the predictive tools used by fire behavior officers today. The JFSP is pleased to offer Dick Rothermel's story as a tribute to a significant accomplishment, and also to showcase some of the current work at the Fire Sciences Lab.

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Wells, Gail. 2008. The Rothermel fire-spread model: still running like a champ. JFSP Fire Science Digest. March 2008(2):1-12.