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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 Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program (FFS) staff 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 fire effects. The system is composed of a collection of mathematical models that describe fire behavior, fire effects, and the fire environment. The program simulates rate of fire spread, spotting distance, scorch height, tree mortality, fuel moisture, wind adjustment factor, and many other fire behaviors and effects; so it is commonly used to predict fire behavior in several 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 and fuel experience and fire behavior training to recognize whether their input values are reasonable and make appropriate adjustments.
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, and Version 5 in 2009. The Fire Characteristics Chart was released in 2011. 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