USDA Forest Service

Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team


Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

400 N 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 732-7800

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  • Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS)
    A comprehensive system of fuelbed classification that more accurately captures the structural complexity and geographical diversity of fuelbeds.
    Software that predicts the amount of fuel consumption and emissions from the burning of logged units, piled debris, and natural fuels.
  • Pile Calculator
    Estimates pile volume, pile biomass, fuel consumption, and pollutant emissions
  • FEPS
    Fire Emission Production Simulator, an upgrade/replacement for the original EPM model that calculates fuel consumption, emissions, and heat release parameters for resource managers who manage prescribed and wildland fires.
  • Software Tutorials
    Browser-based tutorials on the Natural Fuels Photo Series, FCCS, Consume 3.0, and FEPS.


  • Digital Photo Series *see footnote
  • FIREHouse
    The Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse (FIREHouse) is a web-based project providing information about fire science and technology relevant to Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.


  • FCCS Fuelbeds Mapped at 1-km Resolution Across the the Contiguous United States
    Link to map (Note this is a 12 MB .pdf file)
    Link to GIS data layers [.zip file]


* Use of the online version of the Digital Photo Series is recommended because it will always be up to date. A downloadable version is now available for installation on your computer and runs on a "virtual browser." Unzip the file, and click on dps.exe. [.zip 424 MB]



U.S. Forest Service - PNW- FERA
Last Modified: Monday, 16 December 2013 at 14:18:39 CST

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