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FCCS Tutorial INSTRUCTOR’S GUIDE To download and/or view the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) tutorial, please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/products/tutorials/ Tutorial: The FCCS tutorial is intended to be viewed individually by students either online, or downloaded to a personal computer and viewed offline. You may wish to incorporate the tutorial as a pre-course assignment or classroom exercise. Student Workbook: The workbook contains an introduction to the FCCS followed by “screen captures” of each page of the tutorial, with space provided for student notes. Demonstration: A basic Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation with screen-by-screen instructions on how to use the FCCS is also available for downloading. To effectively use this presentation, you will need to fully understand how to use the program by reviewing the FCCS tutorial and by using the FCCS to become familiar with its many applications. If you choose to use the presentation, you may wish to tailor it with examples applicable to your region. User Guide: The FCCS User’s Guide is also available to you for your reference. A note on installing the FCCS: FCCS software and installation instructions can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/fccs/downloads.html FCCS was programmed in Java and can run in a variety of operating systems. To run the program, you may need to update the version of Java Virtual Machine on your computer. ...

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FCCS Tutorial
INSTRUCTOR’S GUIDE
To download and/or view the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS)
tutorial, please visit:
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/products/tutorials/
Tutorial: The FCCS tutorial is intended to be viewed individually by students either
online, or downloaded to a personal computer and viewed offline. You may wish to
incorporate the tutorial as a pre-course assignment or classroom exercise.
Student Workbook: The workbook contains an introduction to the FCCS followed by
“screen captures” of each page of the tutorial, with space provided for student
notes.
Demonstration: A basic Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation with screen-by-screen
instructions on how to use the FCCS is also available for downloading.
To
effectively use this presentation, you will need to fully understand how to use the
program by reviewing the FCCS tutorial and by using the FCCS to become familiar
with its many applications.
If you choose to use the presentation, you may wish to
tailor it with examples applicable to your region.
User Guide: The FCCS User’s Guide is also available to you for your reference.
A note on installing the FCCS:
FCCS software and installation instructions can be found at:
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/fccs/downloads.html
FCCS was programmed in Java and can run in a variety of operating systems.
To
run the program, you may need to update the version of Java Virtual Machine on
your computer.
Your students must have administrative privileges on their computers to install
FCCS. If you plan to use FCCS in a computer lab or workshop in which students
bring their personal laptops, make sure that every computer has the program fully
installed prior to the beginning of your classroom exercise.
Land Management Tool Training Package – FCCS Instructor’s Guide
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FCCS
Development of spatial fuelbed property layers is one of the most important tasks
required to operate fuel and fire management decision support systems and
dynamic vegetation models.
Knowledge of wildland fuelbed characteristics has
always been important to fire managers, and is becoming increasingly important to
ecologists, air quality managers, and carbon balance modelers.
As the source of all
fire behavior and fire effects, fuelbeds must be characterized and mapped before
any calculation of fire potential can be made.
Fuel mapping, hazard assessment,
evaluation of fuel treatment options and sequences, and monitoring fire effects all
require a consistent and scientifically applied fuel characteristic classification
system.
It is prohibitively difficult to inventory all fuelbed characteristics every time it is
necessary to predict events or to make management decisions.
Fuelbeds are
structurally complex; they vary widely in their physical attributes, potential fire
behavior and effects, and in the options they present for fire control and use.
Variation in fuelbed characteristics is not random or chaotic but is the expression of
ecological processes working over time, of natural disturbance events, and of
human manipulation.
The Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS), released in August 2005, was
designed to provide fuel managers with a nationally consistent and durable system
to characterize and classify fuelbeds and to provide numerical inputs to fire
behavior, fire effects, and dynamic vegetation models.
Using FCCS
The FCCS offers a set of fuelbeds, representing various fuel environments
throughout the United States, that were compiled from published and unpublished
literature, fuels photo series, fuels data sets, and expert opinion.
The system
enables modification and enhancement of these fuelbeds to represent a particular
scale of interest.
The FCCS then reports assigned and calculated fuel characteristics for each existing
fuelbed stratum including the canopy, shrubs, nonwoody, woody, litter/lichen/moss,
and ground fuels (i.e., duff) and fuel categories within each stratum.
Finally, the
system classifies each fuelbed by calculating fire potentials that provide an index
(0-9) of the intrinsic capacity of each fuelbed for surface fire behavior, crown fire,
and available consumption of fuels.
Applications
The FCCS outputs are being used in a national wildland fire emissions inventory and
in the development of fuelbed, fire hazard, and treatment effectiveness maps on
several national forests.
Although the FCCS was built for the United States, the
conceptual framework is applicable worldwide.
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FCCS facilitates the mapping of fuelbed characteristics and fire hazard assessments
by providing fuelbeds, fuelbed characteristics, and predicted surface fire behavior,
crown fire, and available fuel potentials.
It also provides the necessary inputs to
run current fuel consumption and emission production models, such as Consume
3.0 and the Fire Emissions Production Simulator (FEPS), which in turn, provide
regional and national smoke inventories for wildland fires.
The system is currently being showcased as a tool to map fuelbeds and fire hazard,
enabling managers to maximize fuel treatment effectiveness on the Okanogan and
Wenatchee National Forests, and on the Deschutes National Forest.
FERA is also
demonstrating the use of the FCCS as a basis for a national air pollutant and carbon
emission inventory, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The FCCS software is available for download from the FERA website
(http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/fccs/).
For more information, contact:
Roger Ottmar, Research Forester
Fire and Environmental Applications Team
USFS - PNW Research Station
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
400 North 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, Washington
98103
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLING FCCS SOFTWARE
Downloading and Installing FCCS Software
1.
Download FCCS version
1.0 (1.71 200601091330) fccs.zip from
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/fccs/
2.
Save this file on your c:\ drive, and unzip and extract it.
It will automatically
be installed into a directory that it sets up, called c:\fccs.
You may also save
it to a directory of your choice, but be sure to remember where you saved it.
3.
After verifying that you have Java installed (see below), open the FCCS by
double-clicking on
fccs.jar
located in the directory where you extracted the
FCCS program. Be patient; allow at least 15 seconds for it to open!
4.
You may wish to create your own shortcut of FCCS to the computer desktop
for easier access.
CAUTION!
If you reinstall or update FCCS, and you have any
customized fuelbeds in the ...\fccs\conf\fuelbeds\user_fuelbeds
directory, copy them to a location outside the FCCS before reinstallng
the program. Otherwise, your customized fuelbeds will be
automatically deleted.
Verify that the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is current
The FCCS requires the JVM version 1.5 or later (maybe referred to as version 5.0).
To verify that your machine has a reasonably current version, open a command line
window (MS-Windows users: this means go to Start/Run and type in cmd.exe) and
type:
1.
java -version
2.
If you get a message that 'java' is not recognized ...., it means that java is
not installed or can not be found in your %PATH%.
3.
If java is ok, you should see something like:
java version "1.5.0_02"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_02-b09)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_02-b09, mixed mode, sharing)
Any version 1.5 or more recent is acceptable.
How to install Java 1.5 (often referred to as 5.0 on the website) if you do not have
it.
1.
Obtain administrative privileges for this install.
2.
Verify you have admin privileges by clicking the time on the tool bar in the
lower right corner of your screen.
It should put up a dialog to change the clock or give you an error message
3.
Got to http://www.java.com
4.
Click on the Java Software Download button.
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5.
It will ask that you accept the "Terms of Use" - Click continue.
6.
Once the installation is complete, follow the steps above for verification
Verifying the FCCS installation
You will want to navigate into that directory in which you installed FCCS and then
give the command
fccs
This will run the fccs.bat file which runs the application.
You should see the Fuel Characteristics Classification System v 1.0 splash screen
come up in a moment.
If something goes wrong, you will see a number of error messages, which you will
want to copy to an email message to help support diagnose the problem.
For further information about the FCCS download, contact:
Ellen Eberhardt, Technical Information Specialist
(541)750-7481
eeberhardt@fs.fed.us
Land Management Tool Training Package
Fire and Environmental Applications Team
USFS - PNW Research Station
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
400 North 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, Washington
98103
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