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An introduction to the Fire and Fuels Extension to FVS

Author(s): Sarah J. Beukema, Julee A. Greenough, Donald C. E. Robinson, Werner A. Kurz, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt, Nicholas L. Crookston, Albert R. Stage
Year Published: 1997

The Fire Effects Model Extension is a new extension to FVS and the PPE that allows users to simulate the effects of fire on a number of indicators, including stand structure and composition, fuel loading, and size and density of snags. In the absence of fire, the model can be used to simulate snag and fuel dynamics resulting from tree growth and mortality and stand management. While the model produces indicators of stand risk to fire (in terms of potential flame length), the model cannot be used to simulate fire spread or the probability of a fire. A brief description of the model is given here, with some sample results showing some of the new indicators at the stand and landscape level.

Citation: Beukema, Sarah J.; Greenough, Julee A.; Robinson, Donald C.E.; Kurz, Werner A.; Reinhardt, Elizabeth D.; Crookston, Nicholas L.; Stage, Albert R. 1997. An introduction to the fire and fuels extension to FVS. In: Teck, Richard; Moeur, Melinda; Adams, Judy, compilers. Proceedings: Forest Vegetation Simulator Conference. 1997 February 3-7. Fort Collins, CO. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-373. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. p. 191-195.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Ecological - Second Order
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11073
FRAMES RCS number: 140
Record updated: Mar 16, 2015