Vegetation and fuel management planning is a complex problem that requires advanced vegetation and fire behavior modeling and intensive spatial data analyses. Both the benefits and potential impacts of proposed treatments must be clearly demonstrated in the context of land management goals and public expectations. Potential fire behavior metrics, including fire spread, intensity, likelihood, and ecological risk need to be analyzed for proposed treatment alternatives. ArcFuels was built to streamline the fuel management planning process, and provide tools for quantitative wildfire risk assessment. ArcFuels is a toolbar implemented in ArcMap which creates a trans-scale (stand to large landscape) interface to apply pre-existing forest growth (e.g., Forest Vegetation Simulator) and fire behavior models (e.g., FlamMap) to aid in vegetation management, fuel treatment planning, wildfire behavior modeling, and wildfire risk assessments. The ArcMap framework helps users incorporate data from a variety of sources to address project-specific issues that typify many fuel treatment projects. ArcFuels was built to accommodate ArcGIS raster data (such as LANDFIRE data) and/or forest inventory data. ArcFuels provides a logical flow from stand to landscape analyses of vegetation, fuel, and fire behavior, using a number of different models in a simple user interface within ArcMap. ArcFuels is currently managed by the USDA Forest Service Missoula Fire Lab.
You can access the online tutorial here which includes links to download the ArcFuels toolbar AddIn and demonstration data, as well as, exercises to learn how to use ArcFuels.
The latest version of ArcFuels 10 is 1.2.09 (April 22, 2016). It is compatable with ArcMap 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4 and Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10. If you are using ArcMap 10.0 or 10.1 please contact Nicole Vaillant for an Add-In file.
We no longer update ArcFuels9 with the latest enhancements. However, it is still available for download.
Vaillant, N.M., Ager, A.A., Anderson, J. 2013. ArcFuels10 system overview. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-875. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 65 p. (PDF, 2.8MB)
Vaillant, N.M., Ager, A.A., Anderson, J., Miller, L. 2013. ArcFuels User Guide and Tutorial: for use with ArcGIS 9. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-877. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 256 p. (PDF, 15.6MB)Ager, A.A., Vaillant, N.M., Finney, M.A. 2011. Integrating fire behavior models and geospatial analysis for wildland fire risk assessment and fuel management planning. Journal of Combustion, Article ID 572452, 19 pages. (PDF, 1.8MB)
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Alan Ager, Operations Research Analyst, RMRS
Nicole Vaillant, Fire Ecologist
John Anderson, Lead Programmer, BalanceTech, LLC