An X Window Forest Fire Simulation

FOREST_FIRE_SIMULATION, a C program which simulates forest fires, by Michael Creutz.

The program simulates a forest in which fires and regrowth occur, using X Windows to display the current status of the forest.

FOREST_FIRE_SIMULATION models forest fires. On each site of a lattice is either nothing, a tree, or a fire. In one time step a fire spreads to adjacent trees and leaves an empty space. Trees are born in a random manner with a probability of approximately 1/32 per time step. If no fires are active, one is started at a random location. Fires can also be started with the mouse button.

An Amiga version of this program was published in the December 1993 issue of "JUMPDISK".


FOREST_FIRE_SIMULATION is available in a C version.

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Michael Creutz

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Last revised on 28 June 2019.