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BehavePlus v6 Beta has been released!
BehavePlus version 6 Beta is available for download, testing, and use. The program can be downloaded from the Software / Manuals page. There were many changes to the program, which are outlined in the Change Log [PDF]. One of the biggest changes is to calculating surface fire behavior (SURFACE). Lessons have been created to guide you through the changes, and they can be downloaded as a zip file.
Welcome to the BehavePlus web pages!
In 2014, information on BehavePlus was transferred from www.FireModels.org to this web page. If you are looking for information on FlamMap, FARSITE, or FireFamilyPlus, please visit www.firelab.org. The BehavePlus fire modeling system is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program (FFS) in Missoula, Montana. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Faith Ann Heinsch.
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The BehavePlus fire modeling system is a Windows® based computer program that can be used for any fire management application that involves modeling fire behavior and some fire effects. The system is composed of a collection of mathematical models that describe fire behavior and the fire environment. The program simulates rate of fire spread, spotting distance, scorch height, tree mortality, fuel moisture, wind adjustment factor, as well as other variables; so it is used to predict fire behavior in multiple situations. More information can be found in the following paper:
Successful application of BehavePlus depends upon knowledgeable user decisions. To effectively use BehavePlus in fire modeling, users must have enough fire experience and training in fire behavior models to recognize whether input values are appropriate, outputs are reasonable, and which adjustments are needed to correctly model the fire behavior.
Some applications include:
BehavePlus development history:
The DOS BEHAVE fire behavior prediction and fuel modeling system was first available to the field in 1984. JFSP funded a much-needed redesign and update to the BehavePlus fire modeling system version 1.0 in 2002. Each version update has offered additional features and fire modeling capabilities. Version 2 was released in 2003, Version 3 in 2005, Version 4 in 2008, Version 5 in 2009, and Version 6 in 2018. The Fire Characteristics Chart was released in 2011 and updated in 2013. A description of changes from the old BEHAVE system through each version of BehavePlus is available as a PDF.
Fire modeling capabilities:
Many fire models are available, organized according to modules. Following is a summary of some of the fire modeling capabilities in BehavePlus, by module.
Faith Ann Heinsch – Development Lead
USDA Forest Service contractor
S&K Global Solutions
Phone: (406) 829-7342
Pat Andrews – Program Manager
USDA Forest Service (retired)
Systems for Environmental Management