Firemap - Simulation of fire growth with a geographic information system

Maria J. Vasconcelos, D. Phillip Guertin

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FIREMAP is a simulation system designed to estimate wild fire characteristics in spatially non-uniform environments and simulate the growth of fire in discrete time steps. This simulation system integrates Rothermel’s behavior prediction model (Rothermel 1972) with a raster- based geographic information system. The outputs can be displayed as digital maps. This paper describes the concepts behind FIREMAP and compares simulation results with a real fire occurrence. The predicted burned area (138 ha) and the real burned area (132 ha) have a similar overall shape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Wildland Fire
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


  • Fire behavior modeling
  • Geographic information systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Ecology


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