Justin P. Ziegler, Chad M. Hoffman, William E. Mell
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Fire Behavior
Simulation Modeling

NRFSN number: 19886
FRAMES RCS Number: 58227
Record updated: August 27, 2019

Wildland fire and ecological researchers use empirical and semi-empirical modeling systems to assess fire behavior and danger. This technical note describes the firebehavioR package, a porting of two fire behavior modeling systems, Crown Fire Initiation and Spread and a Rothermel-based framework, to the R programming language. We also highlight supporting data objects and functions to predict inputs required for fire behavior estimation. Last, this package contains functions for fifteen indices to express fire danger using weather and/or fuels observations. Specific advantages of predicting fire behavior using R, a free-and-open-source programming language, include freedom to adapt calculations to suit users’ needs, transparency of source code, and reduction of workflow inefficiencies, thereby aiding in sophisticated fire behavior analyses.


Ziegler, Justin P.; Hoffman, Chad M.; Mell, William E. 2019. firebehavioR: an R package for fire behavior and danger analysis. Fire 2(3):41.

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