The first phase of this work consisted in developing a vegetation type map using aerial photography and calibrated with field observations. Forest fuels were estimated by vegetation type. Expected fire behavior was calculated using Rothermel’s model under several slope and weather scenarios (Wind speed, direction, and fuel moisture). Predicted tree mortality by forest type is also presented.
Simulation results show that the Mexican sacred fir and oak stands have higher woody and live fuel loading than pine stands. This characteristic is also reflected in rate-of spread and fire line intensity. Mortality rate was higher for sacred fir. GIS layers of expected fire behavior and mortality rates were developed to support fire management practices at the National Park.