Modification of the Fosberg fire weather index to include drought
The Fosberg fire weather index is a simple tool for evaluating the potential influence of weather on a wildland fire based on temperature, relative humidity and wind speed. A modification to this index that includes the impact of precipitation is proposed. The Keetch-Byram drought index is used to formulate a 'fuel availability' factor that modifies the response of the fire weather index. Comparisons between the original and modified indices are made using historical fire data from the Florida Division of Forestry. The addition of the fuel availability factor helps increase the utility of the fire weather index as it offers an improved relationship between the index and area burned.