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US Forest Service

Fire Applications Support 

Directory of Fire and Aviation Management Applications

   For more information on any of the following fire programs, click on the Fire Application name

  • ALMS - Automated Lighning Mapping System

  • AMIS - Aviation Management Information System
  • BEHAVEPLUS - Fire Modeling System
  • DISPATCH UTILITIES - includes ADaM - Aircraft Data Manager and SRSS - Sunrise-Sunset
  • FARSITE - Fire Area Simulator
  • FEIS - Fire Effects Information System
  • FEPMIS - Federal Excess Property Management Information System
  • FIMT - Fire Incident Mapping Tool
  • FIRESTAT - Fire Statistics
  • FPA - Fire Program Analysis
  • FOFEM - First Order Fire Effects Model
  • ICBS - Interagency Cache Business System
  • KCFAST - Kansas City Fire Access Software - PC  and WEB application
  • MIRPS - Multiagency Incident Resource Processing
  • NFMAS - National Fire Management Analysis System
  • NIFMID - National Interagency Fire Management Integrated Database
  • NIFSIP - National Interagency Fire Statistics Information Project
  • RAWS/AWS - GOES Telemetered and Telephone Telemetered Weather Station Information
  • ROSS - Resource Order and Status System
  • RXBURN/RXWEATHER - Prescribed Fire Behavior Prediction
  • SIT REPORT - National Interagency Situation Report
  • WFAS - Wildland Fire Assessment System
  • WFDSS - Wildland Fire Decision Support System
  • WIMS - Weather Information Management Systems




ALMS Automated Lightning Mapping System

This application allows the user to download near real time lightning location information from the Bureau of Land Management data server, via the internet.    

Version 4.0 download files


Aviation Management Information System

AMIS tracks aviation contracts and invoices for  Forest Service owned aircraft.  The information is summarized and reported to USDA and GSA monthly.

Status:   Web based application at
Official Release Date:  03/2003
Scope:   Mandatory - Forest WCF aircraft only
Documentation:   User's Guide is available online.


BehavePlus - Fire Behavior Prediction and Fuel Modeling

Version: 4.0.0  current certified version

Version 5.0.0 Beta version released for testing

BEHAVE predicts and/or analyzes fire behavior for specified conditions.  It can also be used to define a "window" for planning a prescribed burn having a specified behavior.

IBM - Implementation Summary:

Scope:   Optional - Forest/District
Download files    


Dispatch Utilities includes ADaM (Aircraft Data Manager) and SRSS (Sunrise - Sunset) programs.  ADaM is a tool for flight planners to determine the optimum aircraft-flight combination to fill a request(s) for aircraft services.  Included with ADaM is the Sunrise-Sunset time tables for calculating daylight hours for flight time.  These two programs will be loaded on the personal computer as Dispatch Utilities, as this will allow for adding future componets.

Version: Adam 2.0.4, Sunrise-Sunset 2.0.1,

CAN 2.0.1

Release date:   June 2003
Scope:    Optional - Forest/District
Estimated required disk space:   To be determined.
National Training:   None planned.
Documentation:   User's Guide is available.
Data Migration:    None.
Software Dependencies:  None.

Download files


Fire Area Simulator

FARSITE is a model for spatially and temporally simulating the spread of fires under conditions of heterogeneous terrain, fuels, and weather. FARSITE was originally developed for long range projection of prescribed natural fires and fire planning by fire behavior specialists. At present, the program is distributed as a set of diskettes for IBM compatible personal computers.

Download FARSITE Ver 4.1.055 from

IBM - Implementation Summary:
Scope:   Optional - Forest
National Training:   Formal training.
Documentation:  Help file is available 
Data Migration:   None.
Software Dependencies:    None.


Fire Effects Information System

An Info Center user application, FEIS is a reference library for recorded fire effects.   The application uses an artificial intelligence (AI), rule-based, interface.   The user obtains information by navigating through a series of menus, and may save the information into a file for later printing.


Federal Excess Property Management Information System

The Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) program refers to Forest Service-owned property that is on loan to State Foresters for the purpose of wildland and rural firefighting. Most of the property originally belonged to the Department of Defense (DoD). Once acquired by the Forest Service, it is loaned to State Cooperators for fire fighting purposes. It is technically no longer excess at that point.

Web based application at F&AM Web Applications

Quick reference Guide


Fire Incident Mapping Tool

Version May 2009

Fire Incident Mapping Tool (FIMT) is an extension for ArcGIS ArcMap version 9.x  and originally in 8.3

Download files 


FireBudget 2

Version 2.01, database version 2

Released March 2000

A budget analysis tool to assist planners in determining Fire and Aviation Management budgets.  Using various funding levels, FireBudget2 determines allocation at the Most Efficient Level (MEL) as calculated in the National Fire Management Analysis System (NFMAS).

Download files


FIREFAMILY PLUS  -  is a Windows program that combines the fire climatology and occurrence analysis capabilities of the PCFIRDAT, PCSEASON, FIRES, and CLIMATOLOGY programs into a single package with a graphical user interface.

FireFamily Plus expands existing functionality.  Foremost, FireFamily Plus operates against a database of fire weather and fire occurrence.  Local fire occurrence data can be integrated in most analysis functions.  FireFamily Plus allow definition and computations based on Special Interest Groups (SIGS) and can generate NFDRS FireFighter Pocket Cards.  

IBM - Implementation Summary:

Status:   V 4.0
Release date:   December 2008
Scope:   Optional - Forest/District
Documentation:  V4.0 User guide is in development;  V3 User guide is available.
Data Migration:    None.
Software Dependencies:   None.
Download files


Fire Statistics (Fire Report 5100-29)

Version: 9.0.0

The Fire Statistics System (FIRESTAT) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service application used to electronically enter information from the Individual Fire Report (form FS-5100-29) and store it in the National Interagency Fire Management Integrated Database (NIFMID) at the National Information Technology Center (NITC) in Kansas City, Missouri.

FIRESTAT is used to enter, update, and delete the required data on the Individual Fire Report, FS-5100-29 form. The Individual Fire Report provides timely statistical data and information for both administrative purposes and managers to use in making land and resource management decisions. The report is a record of fire occurrence, related fire behavior conditions, and the suppression actions taken by management. Data collected from fire reports can enable management to monitor the program performance and plan the most cost-effective fire management organization.

The Firestat FS-5100-29 Electronic Formatta form was  released November 2009.  The FS-5100-29 is an electronic form created using Formatta E-Forms Suite. The e-form allows the user to download, fill out, save, print, route, and submit forms for automated processing.  The electronic FS-5100-29 form is readily accessible; however, only authorized FIRESTAT users will be able to submit data to the FIRESTAT database. The form is only for inserting new fire occurrence records. It cannot be used to update existing fire occurrence records.

Firestat and the Firestat Electronic form can be found at :  F&AM Web Applications 
Scope:  Mandatory - Forest
User's Guide is available online
Data Migration:   None. National data resides in NIFMID.


First Order Fire Effects Model

FOFEM is an easy-to-use computer program for predicting effects of prescribed fire and wildlife.  Currently FOFEM provides predictions of fuel consumption, smoke production and tree mortality.  Area of applicability is nationwide on forest and non-forest settings.  FOFEM also contains a planning mode for prescription.


The purpose of the Fire Program Analysis (FPA) System is to provide managers with a common interagency process for fire management planning and budgeting to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative fire management strategies through time, to meet land management goals and objectives.  FPA is driven by quantified fire objectives and performance measures for the full scope of fire management activities.

The FPA home page can be found at:



Initial Attack Management System  - Application has been retired


Interagency Cache Business System

An ORACLE-based automated fire cache inventory management and control application.  It also facilitates inter-cache and inter-GACC communication of critical items.  ICBS is being replaced by  ICBS-R. 



Interagency Initial Attack Assessment - Application has been retired


Kansas City Fire Access Software

A utility to query data from the USDA National Information Technology Center in Kansas City .  It is primarily used to access data in the National Interagency Fire Management Integrated Database (NIFMID). 

KCFAST Web Application:


Multiagency Incident Resource Processing

MIRPS evaluation is being conducted as part of ROSS project during the third quarter of FY98.


See IIAA99 and PCHA99 for detailed discussion of key modules.

National Fire Management Analysis System

Version 2.30.0

NFMAS calculates the Most Efficient Level (MEL) of funding for fire-fighting resources based upon average historic fire activity.  Analysis of historical data develops key numbers that reflect the historical fire occurrence base for a fire planning project area.   Output from the analysis becomes a part of the basic input for other portions of the NFMAS process.

IBM - Implementation Summary:

Status:  Y2K certification package will be submitted 2/12/99.  The Y2K testing and certification for IIAA99 will proceed with the non-renovated version of the application, since there are currenly no identified Y2K issues with the application.   The renovated IIAA99 application will be re-tested and certified after it is received from the contractor. 
Y2K-Certification:   In progress.
Release date:  3/12/99
Scope:   Mandatory - Forest
Estimated required disk space:   PCHA99 - 5 Mb, IIAA99 - 2 Mb, FORBS99 - 9 Mb, PWA99 - 2 Mb
National Training:   Formal training.
Documentation:   User's Guide(s) will be updated.
Data Migration:    Procedures for local data migration will be provided.
Software Dependencies:   None


National Interagency Fire Management Integrated Database

An ORACLE database which stores historical data about wildland fire occurrence and weather.   Originally populated with Forest Service data from 1970 to the present, the design permits entry of fire occurrence and weather data from earlier years for Forest Service units and weather data from other agencies.  Aviation data from AMIS will be added  fall 1999.


National Interagency Fire Statistics Information Project

Under development

Will define an interagency wildland fire statistics data standard and provide a mechanism to provide a common access point for Federal Wildland fire data.

NIFSIP will establish a new federal interagency data standard for fire statistics and make Federal data available for single point access.


Personal Computer Historical Analysis 99 - 

Combined into FPA



Resource Order and Status System


An interagency resource ordering and status system. 

Project Summary:  As stated in the ROSS Application Life Cycle Charter dated 6/29/98, the ROSS Project will result in a system that provides automated support to interagency and agency dispatch and coordination offices within the wildland fire organization. The system will: 1) provide current status of resources available to support all-risk activities such as wildfire, flood, ; 2) enable dispatch offices to exchange and track resource order information electronically; and 3) enable dispatch offices to rapidly and reliably exchange mission-critical emergency electronic messages.

Visit the ROSS homepage at


Prescribed Fire Behavior Prediction

A tool to analyze and assess burn prescriptions.

SIT Report

National Interagency Situation Report

An upward reporting tool for forests and coordination centers to provide information regarding emergency response activity, locally and nationally.   Information covers such items as fire danger, resource availability, fire activity, prescribed fire and other events.

IBM - Implementation Summary:

Status:   Web based program
Official release date:  2/2/99
Scope:   Optional - Forest
Estimated required disk space:    None.
National Training:    On-line help .
Documentation:    User's Guide is available.
Data Migration:     None.
Software Dependencies:  Web-browser.


Wildland Fire Assessment System

WFAS, the Wildland Fire Assessment System, is an internet-based information system. The current implementation provides a national view of weather and fire potential, including national fire danger and weather maps and satellite-derived "Greenness" maps (Burgan and others 1997). Development is continuing. 

WFAS was first made available in 1994. In 1999 operation was transferred from the Fire Sciences Laboratory (FS Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula MT) to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC, Boise, ID).

WFAS was redesigned in 2002 to provide easier access to products and vastly improve the archival process. The archives now provide real-time access to past map images including fire danger, heavy fuel moisture, Haines Index, and greenness.

Status:   Operational.
Release date:    1/1/99
Scope:   Optional - Forest/District
Estimated required disk space:   None.
National Training:   None. Graphic products.
Software Dependencies:   Web-browser

Visit the WFAS site at:


Wildland Fire Decision Support System

This system assists fire managers and analysts in making strategic and tactical decisions for fire incidents. It has replaced the WFSA (Wildland Fire Situation Analysis), Wildland Fire Implementation Plan (WFIP), and Long-Term Implementation Plan (LTIP) processes with a single process that is easier to use, more intuitive, linear, scalable, and progressively responsive to changing fire complexity.

WFDSS integrates the various applications used to manage incidents into a single system, which streamlines the analysis and reporting processes

WFDSS home page


Weather Information Management System

Version:  Web V 1.2.1

A system to collect, store and manage current weather information, and to provide access to historical data.  Data is supplied by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Weather Service, and the EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD.   A subscription service provides clients with near real-time access. 

Documentation:  Wims Web User Guide - June 2009
Software Dependencies:  Web Browser




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