Workshop #5 – Introduction to the BehavePlus fire modeling system

11 Apr 2016
8:30 - 12:30
Oregon Convention Center

Workshop #5 – Introduction to the BehavePlus fire modeling system

Instructors: Faith Ann Heinsch, Physical Scientist, USDA Forest Service; LaWen Hollingsworth, Fire Behavior Specialist, USDA Forest Service; and Greg Dillon, Spatial Fire Analyst, USDA Forest Service

The BehavePlus fire modeling system is the successor to BEHAVE, which was first available for field application in 1984. It is an appropriate tool for many fire management applications including prescribed fire planning, fuel model testing, assessing fuel hazard, and projecting the behavior of an ongoing fire. BehavePlus can be effectively used to learn about specific fire models (such as transition to crown fire) that are included in spatial modeling systems where relationships are not as readily apparent.

BehavePlus includes models for surface and crown fire spread and intensity, crown fire type, safety zone size, size and shape of a point source fire, containment requirements, spotting distance, scorch height, tree mortality, probability of ignition, and fine dead fuel moisture. The program help system includes a description of the many input and output variables. That information is also available in a single reference document with many internal links.

This interactive workshop provides an introduction to BehavePlus for new users, helping them determine if it meets their needs. Workshop attendees will learn how to use the program through interactive, hands-on exercises that will allow them to explore many basic features of BehavePlus. Attendees bringing their own computers will benefit the most from this workshop.

This is a hands-on workshop requiring a laptop computer. Participants should install the latest version of BehavePlus version 5.0.5 from before attending the workshop.

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

  1. Identify key components of BehavePlus
  2. Navigate through the BehavePlus modules.
  3. Generate realistic outputs from BehavePlus
  4. Modify worksheets to obtain desired fire behavior outputs

Note: Participants should bring their own laptops.