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FireFamilyPlus logoFireFamilyPlus, an agency independent Windows application is a primary tool in the fire behavior/danger suite of programs which share data and models that are used in a variety of environments to address a range of business needs. In particular, FireFamilyPlus supports the spectrum of fire weather/fire danger/fire climate/fire occurrence analysis tools required by fire managers to successfully use the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS). NFDRS is mandated for use in fire preparedness by all Federal and most State agencies and is operationally run with F&AM's Weather Information Management System (WIMS).

Initiated in 1998, Version 1.0 release (1999) replaced 5 independent, disjointed DOS programs. It resolved pending Y2K issues and provided modern access to both the data and analysis routines. It has significantly improved the effectiveness of national, regional, and local Interagency National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) training courses, which address firefighter safety issues identified in IRMT (A.6). It is the computational and analysis cornerstone for Advanced Fire Danger Rating (at NAFRI) and S-491 (Regional/Local Fire Danger Rating) and provides climate summaries for techniques taught at at S-495, Geospatial Fire Analysis Interpretation & Application to support long-term fire behavior analysis. It generates the Fire Danger Rating Pocket Cards required by the 30-Mile Abatement Plan and supports the Predictive Services functions at all the Geographic Coordination Centers. Updates have been supported by the U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management (sponsor) and the Rocky Mountain Research Station (developer). FireFamilyPlus 4.1 is the most recent certified version was approved for installation on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Computers in June 2013.

Uses of FireFamilyPlus include:

  • FireFamilyPlus can be used to compute indices and components of the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS), and the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System from weather climatology data.
  • FFP can summarize weather climatology to produce climatological breakpoints for fire management decision making.
  • Combining the fire occurrence record in the analysis displays the historical relationships between weather conditions and increasing fire occurrence which can be used to set fire business thresholds and track seasonal progression of Fire Danger.
  • Analysis of specific weather information helps in estimating fire potential for an ongoing fire’s continued growth. For example, analyzing the precipitation record can assess the likelihood of an adequate amount of rain occurring by specific points in time to slow or stop fire growth. Examining the wind record can help with determining the most likely direction for long term fire growth.

Technical Support:

The first level of technical support is provided through your local support channels.

The second level of technical support is provided by the USDA Forest Service Fire and Aviation Interagency Incident Applications (IIA) HelpDesk.

Phone: (866) 224-7677 or (616) 323-1667,
Fax: (616) 323-1665

The IIA HelpDesk is available for help with software issues only and cannot answer fire behavior questions.

Modified: Apr 11, 2018

Select Publications & Products

Bradshaw, Larry; McCormick, Erin 2000. FireFamily Plus user's guide, Version 2.0. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-67WWW. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.