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FlamMap Software

**With the release of FlamMap6, FlamMap5 will no longer be supported or available for download. Additionally, because FlamMap6 includes FARSITE with this release FARSITE4 will no longer be available for download or further supported.**

FlamMap ONLY RUNS in a 64-bit Microsoft® Windows operating system and features a graphical user interface. Because the program requires spatially coincident landscape raster information to run, users may need the support of a geographic information system (GIS) or analyst to prepare data for use in FlamMap.

FlamMap 6.1.0, Build date of August 3, 2020 is the most recent certified version.

Important Installation Instructions

***Recent changes in how the Forest Service Chief Information Office (CIO) is managing IT applications is affecting the ability of Forest Service employees to install FlamMap and other fire-related software on Forest Service hardware. For example, PowerBroker, the utility which provided the "install elevated" and "run elevated" options for software installation and execution, has recently been removed. If you are a US Forest Service user PLEASE READ the instructions contained in the download zip file for USFS Specific Installation procedures.***

The installation files are "zipped" and must be unzipped prior to installation.

FlamMap 6.1.0 Installation file and Instructions

The Zip File includes:

  • The FlamMap6 program installation file: FlamMap6.msi
  • General Installation Notes: Please Read this file Prior to installing the program. This will apply to most users.
  • USFS Specific Installation Notes: These instructions are for US Forest Service installations of the software. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE Instructions for installation on USFS Computers!

Change Log

FlamMap 6.1.0, Build date of August 3, 2020

Improvements added with version 6.1

1. Weather (.WTR) and Wind (.WND) files no longer supported. Only hourly Weather Stream (.WXS) Files can now be used to load weather data in a FlamMap run or Farsite Simulation. When loading legacy projects or archives with Weather (.WTR) and Wind(.WND) files users are asked if they would like to have a new Weather Stream (.WXS) created based on the deprecated file types. Additionally, there is a new Utilities > WTR and WND to WXS command to convert Weather (.WTR) and Wind (.WND) files to the Weather Stream (.WXS) File format.

2. New tools to edit and graph weather and a reworked Weather Stream Editor function.

  • Displays dead fuel moisture conditioning times& Farsite burn periods,
  • Dead fuel moisture conditioning times & Farsite burn periods can be edited in the Weather Stream Editor,
  • Option to graph weather stream,
  • Rule based editor to make mass changes to selected observations or entire weather stream,
  • ability to insert or append observations or entire days to the weather stream.

3. GeoTIFFs now supported when generating landscapes

Single band GeoTIFF (.TIF) Files can now be used for generating a new landscape. Regardless of the format of the source themes (GeoTIFF or ASCII Grid) the resulting landscape can be saved in either GeoTIFF (.TIF) or Landscape (.LCP) file format.

Class units for aspect and canopy cover themes is no longer supported when generating a landscape, only degrees and percent respectively.

FlamMap version 6.0 Version 6.0.0, Build Date of September 18, 2019.

1. Added previous view/extent buttons. These buttons allow the user to toggle back and forth from previous view extents within an active FlamMap project in the Map Display. They can be accessed from the toolbar or the Main Menu View selection.

FlamMap version 6.0 Version 6.0.0, Build Date of June 28, 2019.

1. FlamMap 6.0 is only useable in a Windows 64-bit Operating System.

2. Addresses previously identified bugs and operational issues in FlamMap 5.0.

3. FARSITE4 has been added into FlamMap6.

  • Similar to NTFB in WFDSS with some added functionality
  • Includes the ability to use WindNinja internally within FARSITE
  • Includes the ability to import external WindNinja derived grids for use within FARSITE
  • Improvements to the spotting module have been made to increase performance
  • Import/Use information from NTFB WFDSS to setup FARSITE run in FlamMap

4. Redesigned Runs Options

  • FlamMap/MTT/TOM Run
  • Import of FlamMap run logs or WFDSS Inputs files and data (BASIC, STFB, NTFB)

5. Addition of a Landscape File Editing Function.

  • Use masks to control application of rules and can be either Raster or Vector format
  • Save rules as an XML file
  • Import rules XML File
  • Test Rules to see the number of impacted cells on the landscape
  • Apply Rules allows you to see the change on the landscape
  • Reset landscape to clear out the applied rules
  • For rules to take effect all rules need to be applied and a new landscape file saved
  • Saved landscape needs to be loaded into a new FlamMap project to conduct analyses

6. The Creation of Shapefiles and Drawing vectors and saving as shapefiles has been improved to eliminate the confusion of creating different shapefile types.

7. All runs within FlamMap create a Run Log File specific to that run

  • Can import Run Log Files from Previous FlamMap runs
  • FlamMap generate Run Logs can be used to initialize new runs
  • Can Import WFDSS inputs text files to initialize a FlamMap/MTT or FARSITE run
8. Updated Help File
9. Updated Tutorials

FlamMap version 5.0 – With the release of FlamMap6, FlamMap5 will no longer be supported or available for download.

The installation files are "zipped" and must be unzipped prior to installation.

FlamMap runs under Microsoft® Windows operating systems and features a graphical user interface. Users may need the support of a geographic information system (GIS) analyst to use FlamMap because it requires spatial coincident landscape raster information to run.

FlamMap version 5.0

The FlamMap fire mapping and analysis system was first available to the field with version 2.0 in 2003. Version 3.0 was released in 2006 and Version 5.0 in 2012. Version 4.0 was never released. Each version update has offered additional features and fire modeling capabilities. The current version of the program in Version 5.0.3, released on November 2, 2016. The most significant changes are provided here.

  • Version 5.0.3, Build Date of November 2, 2016.
    • Repaired bug in burn probabilities calculations. 
    • Addressed an error in how spatial files containing map projection information were handled.
    • Repair error in LCP generation and reading that could lead to grid offsets in MTT outputs.
    • Repair FlamMap archive (fza) versioning bug that could cause failures on opening archives with Wind Ninja output grids and WXS files.
    • Repair error in reading custom fuels file (.FMD) if no newline and end of last record.
    • Apply similar repair regarding no newline and end of last record fix to all text files read by FlamMap.
    • Repair MTT outputs offset issue when using an Analysis Area that is a subset of entire landscape.
    • Repair fuel moisture conditioning bug when Canopy Cover is NODATA but Elevation, Slope, Aspect, and Fuel model exist for a given cell.
    • Investigate potential of code signing FlamMap5 to avoid MS Windows warning messages. 
    • Modify installation package so that it no longer requires the user to uninstall previously installed FlamMap5 software. New MSI file will overwrite existing FlamMap program files but will not remove data or projects.
    • Updated Flame Length Probability (FLP) output files with standardized bins to match similar output from other modeling systems for English FLP files. Repair crashing bug with new FLP classes.
    • Repair offset caused by decimal places on Landscape boundaries, both in LCP creation and reading existing LCP files. 
    • Added Crown Fraction Burned as a raster output. 
    • Updated Help File is installed with this version of FlamMap. Help file is now Version 39 October, 24, 2016.
  • Version has addressed the following issue (March 25, 2015).
      • File saving and archiving which caused the program to crash when extracting and saving a FlamMap archive file built with version
  • Version has added the following functionality (March 2, 2015).
    • An updated content sensitive Help File.
    • Incorporates spotting from torching trees.
    • Incorporates gridded wind information from the WindNinja program.
    • All outputs and landscapes can be exported as bundled KMZ files for use in GoogleEarth.
    • Ability to clip larger landscape files and save them in the standard LCP or GeoTIFF formats.
    • FlamMap now supports the Weather Stream (.WXS) File format.
    • Landscape Critique has been included allowing the user to generate a report summarizing landscape characteristics in either a text format (without graphics) or in an Adobe PDF format (with graphics).
    • Barriers can now be incorporated into MTT analysis. Barriers can be added from existing shapefiles or created interactively in FlamMap and saved as a shapefile. Barriers can be either filled or unfilled.
  • Version, several issues were addressed, December 19, 2012.
    • Changes were made in how MTT Major Paths are calculated.
    • Addressed issues with how custom fuel models used fuel moisture files.
    • Addressed an issue with line ignitions.
  • Version, a fix for fuel moisture conditioning period and landscape files containing custom fuel models, October 26, 2012.
  • Version, a fix for gridded winds used in calculating burn probabilities, August 9, 2012.
  • Version 5.0.1, a fix for gridded winds generated by WindWizard, July 24, 2012.
  • Version 5.0.0, formal release, July 18, 2012.
    • Addresses known bugs in FlamMap3.
    • Available in both 32-bit and 64-bit operating system types.
    • WindNinja is embedded in the program, allowing for the inclusion of gridded wind fields in all analyses.
    • Spotting is included and accounted for in the Minimum Travel Time (MTT) calculations.
    • Barrier files can be incorporated into MTT analyses.
    • Burn probability analysis now includes outputs of individual fire perimeters, text files with information on individual fire size and locations, and flame length probabilities in a variety of categories. Additionally, ignitions can either be random or provided by the user.

FlamMap version 3.0

  • Version 3.0.0, formal release, March 20, 2006.
    • Minimum Travel Time fire growth and Treatment Optimization methods added.
    • Supports the Scott & Burgan fuel models.

FlamMap version 2.0

  • Version 2.0.0, formal release, May 19, 2004.
    • Three-D view, predefined legends, and color ramps added.
    • All unit conversion bugs and legend issues have been resolved.
  • Version 2 Beta 3.0.1, August 13, 2003
    • Landscape (.LCP) File generation utility incorporated into FlamMap.
    • Released as Beta 3 to solicit user feedback, check computational integrity, and test for bugs.
  • Version 2 Beta 1.0.0, February 21, 2003
    • All main features for display and analysis incorporated into FlamMap.
    • FlamMap released as Beta 1 to solicit user feedback, check computational integrity, and test for bugs.
Modified: Nov 24, 2020