AiS Challenge Team Interim


Team Number: Team 068

School Name: Silver High School

Area of Science: Forestry

Project Title: It's Getting Hot in Here



Project Definition:
Wildfires have been devastating the western part of United States over the past several summers. Some places that have burned are: Show Low, Arizona, Durango, Colorado, and Los Alamos, New Mexico. A wildfire is a sweeping and destructive conflagration especially in wilderness and rural areas. This program is constructed to evaluate the effect wildfires burning in woodland areas; these are commonly referred to as forest fires. The program takes the fuel model(fuel type and density), slope of terrain, wind speed, and climate(such as temperature and rain fall) to produce a prediction on how the fire will behave, the spread rate, the total amount of the burnt area, and the size of the flame.

Project Solution:
An equation is being formulated which calculates different variables(fuel characteristics, weather, and terrain) to develop an accurate prediction in relations to the fire. Using information from the local weather stations, the USDA Forest Service office, and other community facilities (Department of Fish and Game Services, local rancher, ect.) are used to develop the equation in C to calculate the behavior of the forest fire in the given area.

Progress to Date:
Data has been collected from Internet sources and the USDA Forest Service office. Information such as weather and forest conditions has also be collected along with results from previous prescribed fires. The programming language C is being used to create the program calculations. The fireLib is being used as library for construction. The Behave users manual is being used as a referance for formulas.

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