Scientists and managers critically need ways to assess how fuel treatments alter fire behavior, yet few tools currently exist for this purpose. FIRETEC (Linn and Cunningham, 2005) and WFDS (Mell et al., 2007) recently emerged as promising models in this context since they explicitly account for 3D fuel structure, but there is a need for a tool to facilitate the development of heterogeneous landscape-scale fuel beds based on available data, to evolve these fuel beds to mimic nature processes and to manipulate the fuel beds based on anthropogenic or natural disturbances. Developed in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Fire Station of the US Forest Service, STANDFIRE is designed to read outputs from FFE-FVS (Crookston and Dixon, 2005), which is one of the main US Forest Service growth model and to convert them in 3D input files for FIRETEC or WFDS. STANDFIRE can also be used to parametrize with greater details the understorey, but also to model fuel treatments, and fire effects. The module mostly relies on the fire library.
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