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Forest-Fire Models

Natural Resources and Agriculture

  1. Haiganoush K. Preisler1,
  2. Alan A. Ager2

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vaf010.pub2

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Preisler, H. K. and Ager, A. A. 2013. Forest-Fire Models . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Albany, CA, USA

  2. 2

    Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Prineville, OR, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


For applied mathematicians forest-fire models refer mainly to a nonlinear dynamic system often used to simulate spread of fire. For forest managers forest-fire models may pertain to any of the three phases of fire management: prefire planning (fire risk models), fire suppression (fire behavior models), and postfire evaluation (fire effects models). In this context forest-fire models may be statistical, rule-based, process-based, or a combination of all three.


  • burn probability;
  • extreme events;
  • farsite;
  • Huygen's principle;
  • prometheus;
  • spatial–temporal point process