U.S. Joint Fire Science Program


Date of this Version


Document Type



Fire Science Brief, Issue 55, June 2009


US government work.


Knowing when, where and how fire should be applied is critical for land managers planning to use fi re prescriptively for land management goals, or allowing fires ignited naturally to burn. Myriad variables need to be taken into consideration to determine how fire will consume different fuels. Consume, version 3.0 is a user-friendly software that incorporates the Fuel Characteristic Classifi cation System (FCCS) to predict fuel consumption, pollutant emissions, and heat release. A fl exible tool, Consume 3.0 makes these calculations based on fuel loadings, fuel moisture and other environmental factors.