Tools for Fuel Management
In preparing to develop a treatment plan to mitigate wildfire threat near values at risk, users may find the below suite of tools helpful in quantifying threat, developing treatment options, and prescribing a treatment plan.
ABCFP Interim Guidelines – Fire and Fuel Management
Association of BC Forest Professionals Guidelines (ABCFP) for fire and fuel management. Members of ABCFP play an integral role in the management of fire and fuels in BC forest ecosystems. Reference for professional considerations related to fire and fuel management.
Fuel management is the planned manipulation and (or) reduction of living or dead forest fuels for forest management and other land use objectives (such as hazard reduction, silvicultural purposes, wildlife habitat improvement) by prescribed fire, mechanical, chemical or biological means, and (or) changing stand structure and species composition.
- Fuel Management Practices 2021 (coming soon)
- Fuel Management Efficacy Project 2020 (PDF, 9.9 MB)
Fuel Management Data Collection and Monitoring
- Fuel Management Survey Data Collection Standard (PDF, 1.8 MB)
- Measurement and Description of Fuels and Fire Behaviour Alexander & McRae (PDF 2.9 MB)
- CWD Chief Forester's Guidance - Wildfire (PDF, 146 KB)
- Tally Line Intersect Form (XLS, 77 KB)
- Line Intersect Calculator BCWS (XLS, 234 KB)
- Field Handbook for Prescribed Fire: Logging Slash Fuels (PDF, 1 MB)
In British Columbia, the wildfire risk reduction planning and implementation process involve multiple phases. Tactical planning, site level planning and operational treatment lead to successful fuel management on the landscape.
Fuel Management Prescription
- 2022 Fuel Management Prescription Guidance (PDF, 408 KB)
- 2022 Fuel Management Prescription Template (DOCX, 92 KB)
90th Percentile Fire Weather Index Conditions and Tools Used for Analysis
Currently, the Wildfire Risk Reduction protocol calls for Forestry Consultants to develop stand treatment prescriptions to meet wildfire behaviour targets for wildfire risk reduction. The wildfire behaviour targets are developed for conditions at the 90th percentile Forest Fire Weather Index values. The newly developed 90th percentile calculator provides a consistent rationale and dataset for calculating this percentile.
- 90th Percentile Calculator (this tool does not work in Internet Explorer)
- Critical Surface Intensity Worksheet (XLSX, 576 MB)
- Initial Spread Index Roses
A tool used to determine the desired Crown Base Height (CBH) pruning targets. Input field data can find the target canopy-based height, canopy bulk density and surface fuel.
- FuelCalcBC (MSI, 10.3 MB)
Fuel Management Stocking Standards
Stocking standards provide the basic linkage between the harvest of a forest stand and the regeneration of a new stand. The purpose of a fire management stocking standard is to develop and maintain forest stand conditions that achieve fire management objectives. This commonly means reducing fire behaviour by reducing the likelihood of crown fire and/or fast-moving high intensity ground fire.
- Fire Management Stocking Standards Guidance (PDF)
- Stocking Standards Q & A (PDF)
- Fire Management Stocking Standards Signed Memo (PDF)
Wildfire Threat Assessment Material
Wildfire Threat Assessment material was developed to help forest professionals in BC consistently quantity wildfire threat. The process was developed to be consistent with wildfire behaviour principles from the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS).
- 2020 Wildfire Threat Assessment Guide & Worksheets (PDF, 1.9 MB)
- Determining Wildfire Threat and Risk at a Local Level (PDF, 302 KB)