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FuelCalc

Abstract

FuelCalc is a fuel characteristics simulation software program that calculates initial canopy fuel characteristics and quickly simulates the effects of thinning, pruning, piling and broadcast burning on ground, surface and canopy fuel characteristics.

Overview and Applicability

Ground, surface, and canopy fuel characteristics serve as essential inputs to computer models of fire behavior and fire effects. FuelCalc is a fuel characteristics simulation software application that calculates initial canopy fuel characteristics and quickly simulates the effects of thinning, pruning, piling and broadcast burning on ground, surface and canopy fuel characteristics. Consequently, FuelCalc is useful for planning fuel treatments, as well as for estimating the effects of wildfire on surface and canopy fuel characteristics. FuelCalc works by simulating changes in ground, surface, piled, and canopy fuel loads by size class as fuel treatments add to, or subtract from, the load in each class. The FOFEM, Burnup and Nexus simulation models are used for predicting stand structure and fuel loading changes post fire. FuelCalc input files can be created in the FFI ecological monitoring software (http://www.frames.gov/ffi) or by manually creating an input file in FuelCalc’s standard format.

Citation

Lutes, D. and R. Keane. FuelCalc. Available online at https://www.firelab.org/project/fuelcalc.

Publications

Reinhardt, Elizabeth ; Lutes, Duncan C. ; Scott, Joe , 2006


National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels
National Priority Research Areas: 
Forest Disturbances
RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Fire Sciences
Geography: 
National
Keywords: 
fuel; canopy fuel; surface fuel