MASIFIRE - Map based simulation of fires in forest-urban interface: Reference and user's guide for version 1.0

Simo Hostikka, Johan Mangs

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This document provides the technical background and user's guide for MASIFIRE - a software for Map based Simulation of Fires in Forest-Urban Environment. The software can be used for the simulation of fire spread in forests with surface and canopy vegetation, and the spreading of fire from the forest to buildings. The model includes the effects of fuel type, wind, moisture and the shape of the terrain. Model results include the fire spread, total heat release rate, production of toxic species and necessary evacuation area for people. The fire spread algorithm is based on the BEHAVE model.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages55
ISBN (Electronic)951-38-6571-1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Publication series

SeriesVTT Working Papers



  • forest fire
  • surface fire
  • canopy fire
  • wildland-urban interface

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