CATALINAS/RINCONS FIRE SEASON FUEL MOISTURE STRESS MAPS 1989-2006
 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

FSFMS Maps
View the Fire Season Fuel Moisture Stress (FSFMS) map for any fire season between 1989 and 2006.
Catalina-Rincons
Huachucas

Chiricahuas

FSFMS vs. Fire Season Temperatures and Winter Rainfall
CLIMATE GRIDS
(PDF)
View plot that shows relationships between Fire Season Fuel Moisture Stress maps and fire season temperatures and winter rainfall since 1989.

Catalina-Rincons
Huachucas

Chiricahuas

Study Sites (PDF)
This background shows where the three study sites are located in SE AZ and describes the vegetation, topography and climate of this region.

Full Series FSFMS
Thumbnail Index (PDF)

Chart that shows fire season fuel moisture stress (FSFMS) maps for all years for all three study sites.

Complete Thesis (PDF) except for Matlab algorithms (zip)

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2004
FIRE
SEASON
FUEL
MOISTURE
STRESS
(FSFMS)



BLACK INDICATES MISSING DATA

Within the Catalina-Rincon region since 1989, fuel moisture stress (FMS) was dramatically reduced in 1993 and 1998, but FMS was significantly elevated in 1989, 1996, 2000-2004 and 2006. Vegetation in 2002 was especially dry (high FMS); 2003 was only slightly less severe. 1990 was quite dry in low elevations, but no conclusion can be made about FMS in higher elevations for that year, since so many pixels are missing due to corrupt imagery and clouds in that year's satellite imagery.

There are many pixels missing from the 2003 map as well, in this case because the smoke of the catastrophic Aspen Fire in the Catalinas and concurrent Helen 2 Fire in the Rincons obscured the Earth's surface from the satellite for the many weeks that those wildfires endured. In 2004, FMS shows less on these maps except where fires had scorched the Earth in the previous year. In 2005, FMS was even further reduced, though both scars from the 2003 fires were still clearly evident. But in 2006, the very low precipitation winter of 2005-2006 being an important contributing factor, FMS spread across the region once again.

1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006