USDA Forest Service
200 E. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
OptFuels integrates existing fire behavior (FlamMap), vegetation simulation (FVS-FFE), and land management planning (MAGIS) tools into one decision support system that supports long-term fuel management decisions.
OptFuels is designed to:
OptFuels helps land managers by supporting a simple management objective: minimize expected loss value across a landscape.
OptFuels accounts for several parameters:
...to give useful data for developing fuel treatment schedules that are both cost-efficient and practically feasible.
OptFuels contains a Heuristic Solver which develops a number of alternative fuel treatment schedules (solutions), evaluates the cumulative effects of each alternative treatment schedule, and chooses the best fuel treatment schedule that produces maximum treatment effects (minimize overall expected loss) over time while meeting given resource and operational constraints. More on the Heuristic Solver here.