Dorrer G. A., Yarovoy S. V. Describing the Processes of Propagation and Eliminating Wildfires with the Use of Agent Models

wildfire, agent-basic modeling of wildfire fighting, geographic information system, personnel training


How to cite: Dorrer G. A., Yarovoy S. V. Describing the processes of propagation and eliminating wildfires with the use of agent models // Sibirskij Lesnoj Zurnal (Sib. J. For. Sci.). 2017. N. 5: … (in Russian with English abstract).

DOI: 10.15372/SJFS20170510

© Dorrer G. A., Yarovoy S. V., 2017

A new method of describing the processes of propagation and elimination of wildfires on the basis of agent-based modeling is proposed. The main structural units of the creation of such models are the classes of active objects (agents). Agent approach, combined with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can effectively describe the interaction of a large number of participants in the process to combat wildfires: fire spreading, fire crews, mechanization, aerial means and other. In this paper we propose a multi-agent model to predict the spread of wildfire edge and simulate the direct method of extinguishing a ground fire with non-mechanized crews. The model consist with two classes of agents, designated A and B. The burning fire edge is represented as a chain of A-agents, each of which simulates the burning of an elementary portion of vegetation fuel. Fire front movement (moving the A-agent) described by the Hamilton-Jacobi equation with using the indicatrises of normal front rate of spread (figurotris). The configuration of the front calculated on basis the algorithm of mobile grids. Agents other type, B-agents, described extinguishing process; they move to the agents of A type and act on them, reducing the combustion intensity to zero. Modeling system presented as two-level coloured nested Petri Net, which describes the agents’ interaction semantics. This model is implemented as a GIS-oriented software system that can be useful both in the fire fighting management as well as in staff training tactics to fighting wildfires. Some examples of modeling decision making on а ground fire extinguishing are presented. 

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