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    CONSUME is a user-friendly computer program designed for resource managers with some working knowledge of IBM-PC applications. The software predicts the amount of fuel consumption on logged units based on weather data, the amount and fuel moisture of fuels, and a number of other factors. Using these predictions, the resource manager can accurately determine when and where to conduct a prescribed burn to achieve desired objectives, while reducing impacts on other resources. CONSUME can be used for most broadcast and underburns on forested lands in the western states if the woody fuels are relatively homogeneous and composed of Douglas-fir, hemlock, alder, lodgepole pine, or mixed-conifer species. The models within CONSUME have not been adequately evaluated for long-needled pine fuel types at this time.

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    Ottmar, R.D.; Burns, M.F.; Hall, J.N.; Hanson, A.D. 1993. CONSUME: users guide. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-304. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.


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    Prescribed burning, woody fuel consumption, duff consumption, fuel moisture

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