Applications and Products

Browse applications, downloads, and interactive products maintained by researchers and developers from FFS, FMI, WFM RD&A, and NFDSC. These applications and interactive products cover the range of fire modeling from fire behavior to fire danger to fire ecology to support risk assessments and management objectives. Please visit WFM RD&A and NFDSC for additional applications and tools.

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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… more

The first comprehensive assessment of where public wildlands in the Western US potentially contribute wildfire exposure to communities. Predicting wildfire disasters presents a major challenge to the field of risk science, especially when fires are… more

Image The BehavePlus fire modeling system is a Windows®-based computer program that can be used for any fire management application that needs to calculate fire behavior. It uses specified fuel and… more

**FARSITE4 is no longer be supported or available for download. FlamMap6 now includes FARSITE.** See FlamMap for more information.

For a quick overview see our FFI: Ecological Monitoring Story Map FFI is designed to help managers fulfill monitoring requirements set forth in Federal legislation and agency policy. It supports scalable (project to landscape scale) monitoring at… more

The fire characteristics chart is a graphical method of presenting primary surface or crown fire behavior characteristics or U.S. National Fire Danger Rating (NFDRS) indices. It is a stand-alone component of the BehavePlus fire modeling system. A… more

Thousands of scientific articles and reports are published each year on wildland fire, making it difficult for managers, planners, and scientists to find, read, and use the best available science. A team of ecologists reviews this information and… more

The Fire Weather Alert System (FWAS) has been designed to warn on-the-ground firefighters of dangerous weather conditions in their area. Users set custom weather thresholds and the FWAS sends alerts via text message and email when those thresholds… more

FireFamily+ (FF+) is a software package used to calculate fuel moistures and indices from the US National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) using hourly or daily fire weather observations primarily from Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS).… more

Perhaps one of the most critical decisions made by firefighters during daily fire management operations is the identification of suitable safety zones. As a consequence of 11 firefighters being killed on the Inaja Fire in 1957, the U.S. Forest… more

FIREMON: Fire Effects Monitoring and Inventory System is an agency independent plot level sampling system designed to characterize changes in ecosystem attributes over time.  The system consists of a sampling strategy manual, standardized sampling… more

A fire severity mapping system for real time fire management application and long-term planning. FIRESEV (FIRE SEVerity Mapping Tools) is a comprehensive set of tools and protocols to deliver, create, and evaluate fire severity maps for all phases… more

Often fires are managed to support or reduce the presence of specific plant species or sizes.  FireStem is a computer model designed to aid fire managers in predicting tree mortality based on fire behavior and intensity. FireStem was designed to… more

Image FireWorks is an educational program about the science of wildland fire, designed for students in grades 1-12. FireWorks provides students with interactive, hands-on materials to study wildland… more

Image FlamMap is a fire analysis desktop application that runs in a 64-bit Windows Operating System environment. It can simulate potential fire behavior characteristics (spread rate, flame length,… more

FOFEM (a First Order Fire Effects Model) is a computer program for predicting tree mortality, fuel consumption, smoke production, and soil heating caused by prescribed fire or wildfire. First order fire effects are those that concern the direct… more

Quantitative wildfire risk analysis requires complete geospatial coverage of fire impact probabilities and sizes. Wildfire simulation is the primary means of estimating these, including the frequency distribution of large fire events. FSim simulates… more

FuelCalc is a desktop software application for determining changes in surface and crown fuel loading after thinning, pruning, piling and/or prescribed fire. Ground, surface, and canopy fuel characteristics serve as essential inputs to computer… more

Trees have numerous defenses to ward off attacks from insects and pathogens. One major defense is resin, which acts as both a physical and chemical defense. In pine species, resin is produced and stored in specialized structures called resin ducts… more

An overview of LANDFIRE organization, processes, and products. LANDFIRE produces consistent national-level, landscape-scale geospatial products to support fire and fuels management planning, analysis, and budgeting to evaluate fire management… more

Development of the tools, protocols, methods, and data products for the National LANDFIRE Project. Geospatial data describing wildland fuel and current as well as historical vegetation conditions are essential for planning, implementing, and… more

Scoping for comprehensive decadal remapping in order capture gradual, cumulative, and broad-scale changes for the entire LANDFIRE mapping area has begun. This remap will capture changes due to drought, invasive species, vegetation succession,… more

Students use this program to examine the effects of weather and fuels on potential fire behavior in a ponderosa pine forest of the northern Rocky Mountains. "Living with Fire” is an educational game that puts a student (ages 10 and up) in the place… more

Long-term restoration synergies between wildfire and forest management on fire frequent landscapes. Our objective was to examine whether accelerated management can maintain or promote desired ecological conditions under potential future fire… more

NFDRS applications involve two steps: a historical analysis to set appropriate fire danger breakpoints and an operational system to provide NFDRS fuel moistures and indices in real-time. Historical analyses are performed by combining fire weather… more

The USDA Forest Service Scenario Investment Planning Platform was developed by Forest Service Research & Development to help the agency modernize its approach to prioritizing land management investments. The system can be used to model spatially… more

Prioritizing forest and fuel management investments to reduce wildfire risk to developed areas The Fireshed Registry is a geospatial dashboard and decision tool built in ArcGIS online.  It provides an interactive system to view a wide array of… more

Machine learning matched forest plot data with biophysical characteristics of the landscape to produce a seamless tree-level forest map. A map of the location, size, and species of every tree in the forests of the United States would be useful for… more

A Spatial Database of U.S. Wildfires Wildfire occurrence records provide baseline information that is essential for wildfire management and research in the United States. However, there are multiple federal, state, and local entities with wildfire… more

The U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is used by all federal and most state fire management agencies for assessing seasonal fire severity across the nation. The application that hosts the NFDRS is the Washington Office Fire and… more

Wildfire Hazard Potential* for the United States The wildfire hazard potential (WHP) map is a raster geospatial product produced by the USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute that can help to inform evaluations of wildfire hazard or… more

The wildfire hazard potential (WHP) map is a raster geospatial product produced by the USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute that can help to inform evaluations of wildfire hazard or prioritization of fuels management needs across very large… more

Wildfire Risk to Communities is a free, easy-to-use website with interactive maps, charts, and resources to help communities understand, explore, and reduce wildfire risk. The website was created by the USDA Forest Service under the direction of… more

The Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) is a USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management-supported system that was developed by Forest Service fire behavior researchers as an avenue to increase the utility of remote sensing and spatial data… more

The Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) collects and displays fire danger information for the United States. WFAS is currently based on weather observations taken at fire weather stations throughout the U.S. and entered into the Weather… more

Purpose: The WFIPS system is intended to conduct risk-based analysis of fire management activities and wildfire outcomes for alternative investments in Preparedness, Hazardous Fuels, and Large Fire Suppression. Analysis occurs at user-specified… more

WindNinja is a computer program that computes spatially varying wind fields for wildland fire application. See the WindNinja project website for more details. Also, check out WindNinja-Mobile application. ESRI User Story: Missoula Fire Sciences… more

Take a look at our WindNinja story map to see a quick overview of WindNinja and WindNinja Mobile. The WindNinja computer program is a powerful tool for predicting wind fields in complex terrain, but is inconvenient for field users. To solve this… more

WindWizard is no longer supported by the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab as the underlying software is not readily available. Much of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling within the WindWizard framework was added to the WindNinja software.… more