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WFDSS Automated Basic Fire Behavior (BFB)

WFDSS Automated Basic Fire Behavior can be used by an Incident Owner, Editor or by any user assigned the WFDSS role of Dispatcher or Geographic Area Editor (both must be assigned to the same geographic area as the incident). The model, initiated from the Situation map, provides a very simple way to get "snapshot in time" fire behavior outputs for every cell on a user-defined landscape extent that include:

Model inputs, although few, have a significant impact on the gridded fire behavior outputs. The current Automated BFB model requires the following information from the user:

The model retrieves forecasted weather and winds data from the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Database for current simulations. For past dates or times, the model uses historic weather from a nearby RAWS at similar elevation.

You can accept the wind speed and direction that is provided, or you can replace those input values with ones you choose. Within a short time (usually within a minute or so), fire behavior results will be ready for viewing. 

Note: It is important to remember that the more automated the model, the less ability you have to refine the inputs. Because WFDSS Automated BFB is highly automated (providing fuels, weather, and topography data, and requiring very few inputs from the user), carefully critique the results before using them for supporting wildland fire decision making.

In This Section

Fire Behavior Reference

Automated BFB - What it is

Automated BFB - What it needs (inputs)

Automated BFB - What it does (outputs)

Automated BFB - What it means (interpretation)

Automated BFB - Why use it - (potential uses)

Automated BFB - Assumptions and Limitations

See Also

WFDSS Short-Term Fire Behavior (STFB)

Viewing WFDSS Automated Fire Behavior Inputs

FAQs for Automated BFB and STFB

WFDSS Basic Fire Behavior (BFB)

WFDSS Short-Term Fire Behavior (STFB)

WFDSS Near-Term Fire Behavior Analysis (NTFB)

FSPro Overview

FSPro - What it is and Why use it ?

FSPro Model Limitations

FSPro - the How

Interpreting FSPro Results


Field Descriptions

Glossary Resources

Spatial Data Reference

Landscape Data Source Reference

Relative Risk Reference

Organization Assessment Reference

Fire Behavior Reference

About the WFDSS Decision Editors