NEW:  July CO-FPS Stakeholder Committee Meeting

Location: DFPC Headquarters, 690 Kipling - 1st Floor Conference Room

Date: July 21, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you have questions or comments please contact Brad Schmidt.  Typically these meetings are for stakeholders in the process but if you are interested in attending contact Brad.

12/03/2015 Kick-Off Meeting Presentation Materials:

1/26/2016 Meeting Materials:
2/23/2016 Meeting Materials:
3/29/2016 Meeting Materials:
5/23/2016 Meeting Materials:
  • Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Presentation Slides
  • Animation.  Note: This animation was run to demonstrate that the system is properly configured to operate from a software and hardware standpoint. It does not represent a simulation of any actual fire and is not part of any validation study.

6/16/2016 Meeting Materials:

Links of interest:

About the Colorado Fire Prediction System

On May 20, 2015, Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 151129 into law. This House Bill directs the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC), through its Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE), to establish and support a “Colorado Wildland Fire Prediction and Decision Support System.”

This system, which is also known as the Colorado Fire Prediction System (CO-FPS), will be based on the Coupled Atmosphere-Wildland Fire Environment (CAWFE) model that was developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The CAWFE model combines a numerical weather-prediction model with a fire behavior module that describes the propagation of a wildland fire in response to terrain, fuels, temporally evolving weather, and weather’s impact on fuel moisture. The CAWFE model will be adapted by NCAR and DFPC into CO-FPS, which will give incident commanders and other decision-makers in Colorado the ability to easily and quickly predict the impact of a wildfire.

When implemented, CO-FPS will be able to predict fire extent, spread rate, heat release, winds, temperature, humidity, smoke concentration, and aviation hazards up to 18 hours in advance. CO-FPS will be integrated with the Colorado Wildfire Information Management System (COWIMS), providing system users with a web-based means to initiate the model and visualize the model’s outputs. The CoE has established a stakeholder committee to provide guidance on the features and desired performance of the system.

Inquiries regarding CO-FPS may be directed to the following contacts:

Melissa Lineberger
Director of the Center of Excellence
Brad Schmidt
Wildland Fire Technology Specialist
(720) 425-8729