Dr David G. Green
Research School of Biological Sciences
Australian National University
GPO Box 475 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
Phone: 61-6-249-2490/61-6-249-5031/61-6-249-5111 (switch)
Fax : 61-6-249-4437
The program IGNITE, developed by the authors, is a landscape
fire modelling system that deals with fires in heterogeneous fuels.
Landscapes are represented as cellular automata (grids of pixels)
and fire spread is modelled as an epidemic process. An integrated
geographic information system permits the importing and editing of
maps from compatible sources, such as satellite imagery. Maps, models
and other information are organized as scenarios; historical fires
can be recorded and replayed. Modules are being developed for application
to fire prevention, fire suppression, land-use management, and to
training and education. An illustration of using the system to deal
with heterogeneous fuel is its application to the problem of percolation
in patchy fuel.
The model uses the convention that the pixel value -1 denotes fire and -2 denotes burnt areas. Fires are started by selecting the fire colour from the palette and using the editor to mark ignition points.
Freely distributable, must acknowledge use & cite papers
Owing to lack of funding the design has not been
fully implemented, nor is the spread algorithm properly calibrated. Suitable for teaching/demonstration purposes.