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Project ID: 05-4-3-10

Year: 2005

Date Started: 07/25/2005

Date Completed: 09/30/2008

Title: FuelCalc: A Tool for Calculating Wildland Fuel Quantities and Qualities and Supporting Fuel Management Decisions

Project Proposal Abstract: A need exists for a simple computer program to determine surface and canopy fuel quantities (load, bulk density, depth) and qualities (fire behavior fuel model, fire-carrying fuel type) from a variety of fuel inventory data sources. In addition, fuel managers need help analyzing the potential effects of silvicultural treatments on surface and canopy fuels. Models of fire behavior and effects already exist, but the means to create inputs to those models is still lacking. Programs already exist to monitor fuel treatments over time, but not to simulate the potential effects of fuel treatment before implementation, so that managers can choose the best available treatment option. We propose to develop FuelCalc to carry out these calculations, incorporating both widely accepted methods for quantifying surface fuels and newly completed research funded by the JFSP for quantifying canopy fuels. FuelCalc supports fuel treatment decisions by simulating effects of a wide range of silvicultural treatments on surface and canopy fuels, and provides linkages to stand visualization, fire behavior and fire effects programs that rely on estimates of fuel characteristics. FuelCalc will deliver the best available fuel science information and research results in order to support fire science applications.

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth D. Reinhardt

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Duncan C. Lutes

Forest Service

RMRS-Systems of Environmental Management

Co-Principal Investigator

Caroline L. Noble

NPS-National Park Service

Southeast Region

Co-Principal Investigator

Joe H. Scott


Federal Cooperator

Jan W. Van Wagtendonk

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Yosemite Field Station

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1080 Government Publication Fuel Calc Reference Guide
    1082 Government Publication Fuels Management-How to Measure Success
    1487 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  

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