Fire Characteristics Chart

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 desktop computer application produces fire characteristics charts for both fire danger and fire behavior in a format suitable for inclusion in reports and presentations. Chart scales, colors, labels, and legends are customizable. More information, including installation files, publications, and training, is available on FRAMES.


Fire Characteristics Chart for surface fire
Fire Characteristics Chart for fire danger rating

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The Fire Characteristics Chart program, publications, and other supporting material are available on FRAMES. The BehavePlus Software and Manuals web page includes the installation program. The BehavePlus Publications web page includes current and historic papers that describe the fire characteristics chart.

Andrews, Patricia. L.; Heinsch, Faith Ann; Schelvan, Luke. 2011. How to generate and interpret fire characteristics charts for surface and crown fire behavior. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-253. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Rocky Mountain Research Station. 40 p.

Heinsch, Faith Ann; Andrews, Patricia L. 2010. Fire characteristics charts for fire behavior and U.S. fire danger rating. Proceedings of the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conferece; 2010 October 25-29, Spokane, WA. Birmingham, AL: International Association of Wildland Fire. 14 p.