The Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse
 The Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse

www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/firehouse 

First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM)
FOFEM is a computer program that was developed to meet needs of resource managers, planners, and analysts in predicting and planning for fire effects. First order fire effects are those that concern the direct or immediate consequences of fire. First order fire effects form an important basis for predicting secondary effects such as tree regeneration, plant succession, and changes in site productivity, but these long-term effects generally involve interaction with many variables (for example, weather, animal use, insects and disease) and are not predicted by this program. Currently, FOFEM provides quantitative fire effects information for tree mortality, fuel consumption, mineral soil exposure, smoke and soil heating. FOFEM predicts tree mortality from surface fire, based on flame length or scorch height, and tree species and size. It predicts consumption of down woody fuels by size class, and the resultant fire intensity over time using the BURNUP model. It also predicts emissions (and emission rate) of PM10, PM2.5, CO, CO2, CH4, NOX and SO2 by flaming and smoldering combustion, as well as soil heating at a range of soil depths over time since ignition. FOFEM is available in three forms: 1) in a user-friendly interface, 2) in a batch mode suitable for running many stands or scenarios, and 3) as a library of code suitable for inclusion in other software programs.

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Comments/suggestions?Last updated: 07/27/2005
FIREHouse is a collaboration between the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA) of the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory; the University of Washington; the National Park Service; the Bureau of Land Management – Alaska Fire Service; the US Fish and Wildlife Service; and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). The NBII is a broad, collaborative program that provides increased access to data and information on the nation’s biological resources. Funding for FIREHouse has been provided by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) and NBII. FIREHouse is coordinating efforts with the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES) project team. Content on FIREHouse will provide substantial contributions to the Northwest Fire Science Portal and the Alaska Fire Science Portal.
 
Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Seattle, WA USDA Forest Service Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES)    National Biological Information Infrastructure
College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
National Park Service Alaska Fire Service US Fish & Wildlife Service