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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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Icon of magnifying glassTraining Package for Land Management Tools Sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program: Photo Series, FCCS, Consume 3.0 and FEPS

FERA has developed an online tutorial package that teaches land managers how to use the Natural Fuels Photo Series, Consume v 3.0, Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS), and Fire Emissions Production Simulator (FEPS) for their everyday prescribed fire and wildfire planning. The web-based tutorials are user-friendly html applications that can be viewed online or downloaded to a personal computer and viewed offline.

The four tutorials provide technical background on each land management tool, appropriate applications, and step-by-step instructions on how to use the software packages. Each tutorial contains case studies that provide sample applications in the boreal, southern and western regions of the United States (boreal and western case studies are still under development). In addition to highlighting sample applications, each case study demonstrates how the four land management tools can be used in tandem.

An instructor’s guide and student workbook associated with each tutorial is available for download. With the instructor’s guide and student workbook, agencies can initiate a training program or add to an existing training curriculum. MS PowerPoint® presentations used in the Regional Workshops to demonstrate how to use the Natural Fuels Photo Series, FCCS, and Consume 3.0 have also been made available for download.

Team Lead: Roger Ottmar

Logo of the Joint Fire Science ProgramWe acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program Project 04-4-1-19.

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