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Wildland Fire Simulation: An Improvised Software Solution

By E.M. "Sonny" Stiger and Rocky Infanger Photos by Audrey Todd POOR MAN'S FARSITE FARSITE is a sophisticated fire area simulator computer program designed to simulate fire growth using existing models of fire behavior found in the BEHAVE Fire Behavior Prediction and Fuel Modeling System (Andrews 1986), and in the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction System (Forestry Canada Fire Danger Group 1992). Many users consider FARSITE to be data-bound and too cumbersome for daily operational use. The authors have used a simple procedure that works. A computer program by Map Tech, Terrain Navigator Pro, used in conjunction with BEHAVE PLUS has provided a relatively accurate and fast ...

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