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RMRS-GTR-106WWW Revised: BehavePlus fire modeling system, version 4.0: User's Guide

(This publication was revised from verison 3.0 to 4.0 in July 2008. It was not updated for version 5.0 because updates did not affect program operations.)

Andrews, Patricia L.; Bevins, Collin D.; Seli, Robert C. 2005. BehavePlus fire modeling system, version 4.0: User's Guide Revised. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-106WWW Revised. Ogden, UT: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 132p.

The BehavePlus fire modeling system is a program for personal computers that is a collection of mathematical models that describe fire and the fire environment. It is a flexible system that produces tables, graphs, and simple diagrams. It can be used for a multitude of fire management applications including projecting the behavior of an ongoing fire, planning prescribed fire, and training. BehavePlus is the successor to the BEHAVE fire behavior prediction and fuel modeling system. Primary modeling capabilities include surface fire spread and intensity, safety zone size, size of point source fire, fire containment, spotting distance, crown scorch height, tree mortality, and probability of ignition. The User's Guide describes operation of the program. Other papers describe the models and application of the system.

A reference paper that describes the 189 variables in BehavePlus can be accessed at

Keywords: Fire behavior, fire spread, fire intensity, computer program

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Title: RMRS-GTR-106WWW: BehavePlus fire modeling system, version 4.0: User's Guide
Electronic Publish Date: July 16, 2003
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October 27, 2009

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