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Modeling fuel succession

Posted date: July 07, 2010
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Authors: Davis, Brett; van Wagtendonk, Jan; Beck, Jen; van Wagtendonk, Kent
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Miscellaneous Publication
Source: Fire Management Today. 69(2): 18-21.


Surface fuels data are of critical importance for supporting fire incident management, risk assessment, and fuel management planning, but the development of surface fuels data can be expensive and time consuming. The data development process is extensive, generally beginning with acquisition of remotely sensed spatial data such as aerial photography or satellite imagery (Keane and others 2001). The spatial vegetation data are then crosswalked to a set of fire behavior fuel models that describe the available fuels (the burnable portions of the vegetation) (Anderson 1982, Scott and Burgan 2005). Finally, spatial fuels data are used as input to tools such as FARSITE and FlamMap to model current and potential fire spread and behavior (Finney 1998, Finney 2006).


Davis, Brett; van Wagtendonk, Jan; Beck, Jen; van Wagtendonk, Kent. 2009. Modeling fuel succession. Fire Management Today. 69(2): 18-21.