Consume is a decision-making tool designed to assist resource managers in planning for wildland fire events (e.g., prescribed fires and wildfires). Consume predicts fuel consumption, pollutant emissions, and heat release based on fuel loadings, fuel moisture, and other environmental factors. Using these predictions, resource managers can determine when and where to conduct a prescribed burn or manage an unplanned wildland fire to achieve desired objectives while reducing the impact on other resources.
The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is a family of forest growth simulation models. It is a system of highly integrated analytical tools that is based upon a body of scientific knowledge developed from decades of natural resources research and experience. Since the development of the first model for northern Idaho in 1973, FVS has evolved into a collection of “variants” which represent different geographic areas across the country.
LANDFIRE is a program that provides over 20 national geo-spatial layers (e.g. vegetation, fuel, disturbance, etc.), databases, and ecological models that are available to the public for the US and insular areas.
FFI (FEAT/FIREMON Integrated) is a plot-level monitoring software tool designed to assist managers with collection, storage and analysis of ecological information. It was constructed through a complementary integration of the Fire Ecology Assessment Tool (FEAT) and FIREMON. FFI is funded by the Fuels Management Committee, National Park Service and US Forest Service, and is being developed in cooperation with Systems for Environmental Management and Axiom IT Solutions.
Here you'll find data from all 17 volumes of the Natural Fuels Photo Series published to date with 47 photo series containing a total of 470 sites in database form to enable searching, downloading, and eventually side-by-side comparisons and customized site generation.
Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT) is a software application that integrates the Fuel Characteristics Classification System (version 3.0), Consume (version 4.2), FEPS (version 2.0), Pile Calculator, and Digital Photo Series into a single user interface. All of the tools were developed by the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA) as open-source and freely sharable software and are supported as separate modules. Fuelbeds are the common currency in FFT. FCCS requires a list of one to many fuelbeds to run calculations. Because Consume and the Fire Emission Production Simulator (FEPS) can predict consumption by burn unit, they require fuelbeds to be assigned to a unit with a percentage area entered for each fuelbed.
The Program has a national charter to conduct fundamental and applied research relating to wildland fire processes, terrestrial and atmospheric effects of fire, and ecological adaptations to fire. In addition, the Program develops associated tools and applications for scientists and managers. The scope of work addresses all stages of wildland fire, including the pre-fire environment; combustion and fire behavior processes; immediate (first-order) fire effects; and longer-term (second-order) fire effects.
This link leads to the Applications List, a comprehensive list of fire modeling tools.
LANDIS-II simulates forest succession, disturbance (including fire, wind, harvesting, insects), climate change, and seed dispersal across large (typically 10,000 - 20,000,000 ha) landscapes. LANDIS-II tracks the spatial distribution of discrete tree and shrub species and has flexible spatial and temporal resolutions.
USFS, University of Wiscsonsin, LANDIS-II disturbance and succession spatial model
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. This tool is brought to us by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
FARSITE is a fire growth simulation modeling system. It uses spatial information on topography and fuels along with weather and wind files. It incorporates existing models for surface fire, crown fire, spotting, post-frontal combustion, and fire acceleration into a 2-dimensional fire growth model.
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station FARSITE fire and growth simulation model