Fire Modeling Services Framework (FMSF)

Fire Modeling Services Framework (FMSF) is an Application Programming Interface (API) for machine to machine (or system to system) connections with a web-service/REST architecture.  The FMSF provides hosted wildland fire models and tools for use within other systems or applications, such as WFDSS, IFTDSS, and others. Applications are able to connect and provide input information/parameters and receive corresponding outputs (such as fire behavior flame lengths, rates of spread, fire progression, and more) from the hosted models/tools within the FMSF. The FMSF provides users with improved performance, consistent data, and faster analysis results. In addition, it  reduces IT development and maintenance needs by hosting the models/tools in one central location/application instead of each system/application independently building and maintaining the same model or tool.

 

The FMSF is part of a shift to a service oriented architecture (IMAGE) in wildland fire management Information Technology (IT). FMSF hosts authoritative models/tools in a central location that supports 99% uptime reliability, fail-over capability and zero downtime with updates and upgrades. The vision of the future for FMSF is that researchers and scientist will have a place to evaluate, refine, and test wildland fire models and tools in a cloud environment and assist with transfer of science and technology into the user community.

The Fire Modeling Services Framework is scheduled for a 2022 release initially available to the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS) and the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) followed by access to other applications. The initial release will include the following wildland fire models used in current Decision Support Systems (DSS).

 

Table 1.  FMSF Current Models/Tools

Basic (aka Flammap)

MTT (Minimum Time Travel)

FARSITE (Fire Area Simulator)

RANDIG (Random Ignition)

FSPro (Fire Spread Probability

Spatial FOFEM (First Order Fire Effects Model)

 

The FMSF is not able to do all of this modeling work by itself.  The FMSF has partnered with LANDFIRE and the Fire Environment Mapping System (FEMS) to provide independent data services needed to run the models or tools available in the FMSF. FEMS will provide gridded and Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) weather data and landscape data is being provided through the LANDFIRE (LF) program with a LF Products service that provides gridded fuels and topography (as well as a whole host of other data and services).