Jul 14, 200602:49 PMThe Life
Jul 14, 2006 - 02:49 PM...developed by NOVA (the PBS television program):
Wildfire Simulator is a fire-growth computer model that has two purposes: First, to let users see how certain conditions, such as wind speed and direction, affect the spread of a wildland fire. Second, to show how to use a fireline -- alone or in conjunction with a backfire -- to control a fire. (A fireline is a path along which fuel has been removed, and a backfire is a fire purposely set to burn away fuel.)
To begin, a user sets the wind and fuel conditions. He or she then uses the "fire" icon to start a fire. If the user decides to fight the fire, his or her goal is to stop the fire from reaching the house. To stop the fire, the user can create a fireline with the tool that looks like a pick and widen the fireline by creating a backfire with the drip torch.