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Goal: Apply Knowledge Globally QUIC-Fire: A fast, 3D simulation tool for prescribed fire planning

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Screenshots from the QUIC-Fire application, showing different simulations
Orthogonal view of QUIC-Fire (left) and FIRETEC (right) simulation of Eglin Air Force Base prescribed burn at 120 and 300 seconds (top and bottom). Five staggered ignition lines were ignited (from right to left) at rates typical of all-terrain vehicle ignitions at Eglin AFB. Green iso-surfaces are vegetation density, oranges are mass loss rate, and white shades indicate locations of rising plumes. (Forest Service image)


QUIC-Fire is the first fast-running 3D coupled fire-atmosphere model that incorporates:

QUIC-Fire is intended to serve as a core component of a prescribed fire planning tool that will assist land managers in understanding how ignition patterns connect to fire effects and smoke impacts.


Coupled fire-atmospheric modeling tools are increasingly used to understand the complex and dynamic behavior of wildland fires. But many of these tools require high-performance computing resources.

QUIC-Fire is a new fire modeling tool designed to rapidly solve complex fire behavior problems. Unlike other modeling tools, QUIC-Fire can run on a basic laptop. QUIC-Fire can also represent fire atmospheric feedbacks, including those that govern prescribed fire behavior, at relevant scales.

QUIC-Fire was developed so that a broader set of users could explore fire prescriptions and how these prescriptions link to achieving a fire’s objectives.

QUIC-Fire simulates how fuel structure influences local winds and fire behavior in a similar manner as the state of the art computational fluid dynamics wildfire model, FIRETEC, developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. QUIC-Fire uses 3D fuels inputs similar to this model.

Results comparing fire behavior metrics between QUIC-Fire and FIRETEC show strong agreement.

QUIC-Fire’s ability to simulate the response to both ignition patterns and a temporally and spatially variable fire environment without the computational expense of fluid dynamics solutions was a critical design feature.

Principal Investigators
Scott Goodrick, Project Leader & Research Meteorologist
Joseph O’Brien, Research Ecologist
4156 - Center for Forest Disturbance Science
Strategic Program Area
Wildland Fire and Fuels
QUIC-fire: A fast-running simulation tool for prescribed fire planning
CompassLive Article
QUIC-Fire: A Fast Tool for Prescribed Fire Planning
External Partners
S. Brambilla - Los Alamos National Laboratory
M.J. Brown - Los Alamos National Laboratory
Rodman Linn - Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kevin Hiers - Tall Timbers Research Station