Development of Custom Fuel Models

We used the measured fuel characteristics to construct custom fuel models using the methods developed by Burgan and Rothermel (1984). This work produced fuel models customized to the actual set of fuel conditions created by the activity of bark beetles over the course of epidemics. With these custom fuel models and average worst case fire weather estimates we predicted potential fire behavior (rate of spread, flame length, intensity and potential for crowning) using the Rothermel (1983) fire spread model and BEHAVEplus.