Workshop #10 Linking Fire Behavior, Fire Effects, and Weather Systems in Prescribed Fire Planning

11 Apr 2016
1:30-5:30
Oregon Convention Center

Workshop #10 Linking Fire Behavior, Fire Effects, and Weather Systems in Prescribed Fire Planning

Instructors: LaWen Hollingsworth, Fire Behavior Specialist, USDA Forest Service; Matt Jolly, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service; Duncan Lutes, Fire Ecologist, USDA Forest Service; Faith Ann Heinsch, Physical Scientist, USDA Forest Service and LaWen Hollingsworth, Fire Behavior Specialist, USDA Forest Service.

The Missoula Fire Sciences Lab has developed several computer programs that can be used in prescribed fire planning to evaluate fire behavior, fire effects, and suitable weather scenarios for burning. The BehavePlus fire modeling system is often used to develop fire behavior scenarios for prescribed fire. FireFamilyPlus can be used to evaluate historical weather to determine the potential for burn windows. The First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM) can be used to evaluate potential fire effects, such as fuel consumption smoke production and tree mortality. Integrating results from multiple systems allows managers to develop burn plans will accomplish the objectives and identify the associated parameters for potential burn windows.

Interactive, hands-on exercises will allow attendees to explore the features of these systems using a sample prescribed burn plan. Time will be allowed for questions regarding the use of these systems in prescribed fire planning. Attendees bringing their own computers will benefit the most from this workshop.

Objectives: At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Use BehavePlus to generate fire behavior estimates for use in prescribed fire burn plans
  2. Use FireFamilyPlus to evaluate historical weather and fuel moisture data to provide estimates of burn windows
  3. Use FOFEM to evaluate potential fire effects for use in prescribed fire burn plans
  4. Describe the difference between the systems and which system can best evaluate common objectives from burn plans

Note: Participants should bring their own laptops.