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Project ID: 07-1-5-08

Year: 2007

Date Started: 09/05/2007

Date Completed: 05/16/2012

Title: Models for Fire Spread in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Project Proposal Abstract: Currently there are no fire spread models evaluated for use in wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires. A number of possible model approaches can be applied to WUI fires. They can range from the relatively simple rule or empirically based to the very complex physics based. Each approach has merit, depending on the needs and resources of the user (e.g, required prediction accuracy, computer resources, amount of input information known, turn-around time requirements). In the proposed work, a number of model approaches will be developed and evaluated. The approaches will differ by the degree of physics-based modeling used to capture the fire/fuel and fire/atmosphere interactions. The user input procedure and visualization package will be the same for all models. Evaluations of the approaches will result in recommendations for the next generation WUI fire spread models, for given user needs. The models and visualization package will be publicly downloadable. Beta users from the Forest Service will provide valuable feedback and input during the project.

Principal Investigator: William E. Mell

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Glenn Forney

NIST-National Institute of Standards & Technology

Engineering Laboratory

Co-Principal Investigator

Ronald Rehm

NIST-National Institute of Standards & Technology

Engineering Laboratory

Federal Cooperator

William E. Mell

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Federal Fiscal Representative

Sharon L. Rinehart

NIST-National Institute of Standards & Technology

Engineering Laboratory

Project Locations





Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




Southern Rockies








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   2987 Journal Article International Journal of Wildland Fire
  go to website 4569 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm Portal Link to the Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS) Model Suite.
view or print   3727 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Wildland Fire Behavior Modeling: Perspectives, New Approaches and Applications
view or print   3728 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire and Materials
view or print   3729 Photo Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator Model Run of the Australian Grassland Experiment
view or print   3730 Photo Australian Grassland Experiment F19
view or print   6687 Photo Visualized Using Smokeview of a WFDS Simulation of a WUI Fire in Worley, Idaho

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