Jason Forthofer is a Mechanical Engineer at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Montana State University) and a Master’s Degree in Forest Science (Colorado State University).
Jason’s research involves numerical, field and laboratory studies of heat transfer and fluid flow relating to wildland fires. He is the technical developer of WindWizard and technical programmer/developer of WindNinja. Other work has included safety zone size guidelines, fire shelter design (while at the Missoula Technology and Development Center), and development and deployment of fire behavior field measuring devices. His fire qualifications include Task Force Leader and Incident Commander Type 4.
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Butler B, Forthofer J, Finney M, McHugh C, Stratton R, Bradshaw L (2006a) The impact of high resolution wind field simulations on the accuracy of fire growth predictions. In 'V International Conference on Forest Fire Research'. Figueira da Foz, Portugal. (Ed. DX Viegas)
Butler BW, Finney MA, Bradshaw L, Forthofer JM, McHugh C, Stratton RD, Jimenez D (2006b) WindWizard: A new tool for fire management decision support. In 'Fuels Management - How to Measure Success: Conference Proceedings'. Portland, OR. (Eds PL Andrews and BW Butler). (Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)
Butler BW, Forthofer JM (2002) Get Into the Zone. In 'Wildfire', September/October.
Butler BW, Forthofer JM, Finney MA, Bradshaw L (2004) High resolution wind direction and speed information for support of fire operations. In 'Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere'. Denver, CO. (Eds Aguirre-Bravo and Celedonio). (Procedings: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station RMRS-P-000)
Cruz MG, Butler BW, Alexander ME, Forthofer JM, Wakimoto RH (2006) Predicting the ignition of crown fuels above a spreading surface fire, Part 1. Model idealization. International Journal of Wildland Fire 15, 47-60.
Forthofer JM (2007) Modeling wind in complex terrain for use in fire spread prediction (thesis). Colorado State University.
Forthofer JM, Butler BW (2007) Differences in Simulated Fire Spread Over Askervein Hill Using Two Advanced Wind Models and a Traditional Uniform Wind Field. In 'The fire environment - innovations, management, and policy; conference proceedings'. Destin, FL. (Eds BW Butler and W Cook) pp. CD-ROM. (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)
Forthofer JM, Butler BW, Shannon KS, Finney MA, Bradshaw L, Stratton RE (2003) Predicting surface winds in complex terrain for use in fire growth models. In '5th Symposium on fire and Forest Meteorology'. Orlando, FL. (American Meteorological Society)
Yedinak KM, Forthofer JM, Cohen JD, Finney MA (2006) Analysis of the profile of an open flame from a vertical fuel source. In 'V International Conference on Forest Fire Research'. Figueira da Foz, Portugal. (Ed. DX Viegas)