Project: FIREMON Maintenance Update

FIREMON Program Description:  Fire Effects Monitoring and Inventory System is an agency independent, plot level sampling system designed to characterize changes in ecosystem attributes over time. The system consists of a sampling strategy manual, standardized sampling methods, field forms, Access database, and a data analysis program. FIREMON is a desktop application created for computers running Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP operating systems. The system was developed by the U.S. Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service and Systems for Environmental Management. Funding was provided by the Joint Fire Science Program.

Abstract:  In May 2006 the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, Fire and Aviation Management program provided funding for an update of the FIREMON: Fire Effects Monitoring and Inventory System software. The update will expand the FIREMON analysis tools (FMAT), Tree Data (TD), Fuel Load (FL) and Fire Behavior (FB) data entry screens. The changes to FMAT include: Friedman test for distribution free (non-parametric) comparison of means, distribution free confidence intervals and an improved Forest Vegetation Simulator file building routine that gives users the option of summarizing FIREMON TD and FL data at the plot level, stand level or project level. Additions to the TD sampling fields will be: DRC, number of live stems, number of dead stems, ladder fuel, height to live crown, percent basal cambial circumference killed. User modifiable fuel constants will be added to the FL method. The new fields will be: QMD, specific gravity and non-horizontal correction for FWD; specific gravity for CWD. The FB table will be expanded by adding a location section, and number of new data fields in the Burning Conditions and Fire Behavior sections of the form. Tentative completion date for this update is May 2007.

Project Completed 5/31/07

Products: The updated FIREMON program and revised documentation are currently available from the link labeled "Fire Effects and Monitoring Protocol (FIREMON)" on the FRAMES website (

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