Consume is designed for resource managers and scientists, who are asked to enter input fuel characteristics, lighting patterns, fuel conditions, and meteorological attributes, then Consume outputs fuel consumption and emissions by combustion phase.
Consume is designed to import data directly from the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) module of the Fuels and Fire Tool (FFT). The results are formatted to feed other models and provide usable information for preparing the burn plan and meeting smoke management requirements. Also, training and a user’s manual are available. CONSUME can be used for most forest, shrub, and grassland areas in North America.
The Consume software is updated as needed, technical expertise can be engaged, and support is available. Consumption equations may be improved to cover a wider variety of vegetation types, include new algorithms as they are developed, so that the program can work on a wide variety of computer platforms.
The Consume 3.0 program can be run one of two ways:
Consume predicts fuel consumption, pollutant emissions, and heat release based on a number of factors including fuel characteristics and environmental conditions. Using these predictions, users can determine when and where to conduct a prescribed burn or plan for a wildland fire to achieve desired objectives, while reducing the impact on other resources.
Development of Consume 3.0 was divided into six major tasks: needs assessment, study design, field data collection and analysis, development of Consume 3.0 software, user’s guide and training package, and scientific documentation. It was partially funded by the Joint Fire Science Program Project 98-1-9-06.
Development of Consume 4.2 was undertaken to integrate with the new Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT) software. Improvements were made to xxxxx (which parts of the equations?)
Additionally, training and a user’s manual are available. Consume could be used for most forest, shrub, and grassland areas in North America. Consume 3.0 ran on Windows 2000 and XP operating systems. Because of compatibility issues with .NET versions, it was not recommended for installation on Windows 7 and higher operating systems. (2005)
Consume—The original version of Consume predicted the amount of fuel consumption only on logged units based on weather data, the amount and fuel moisture of fuels, and a number of other factors, and determined when and where to conduct a prescribed burn to achieve desired objectives, while reducing impacts to other resources. It ws a Microsoft DOS-based program. (1993)
We acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program Project #98-1-9-06.