Duncan Lutes

Fire Effects Analyst


Duncan was raised in southern Minnesota and moved to Whitefish, Montana after high school to be a ski bum. The ski bum thing didn't work out so in 1992 he started taking Forestry classes at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. Duncan transferred to the University of Montana in 1994. He received his B.S. in Forest Management in 1996, started graduate school at UM that same year and received his M.S. in Forestry in 1999. Duncan was hired as a term employee by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Lab in 1998, then by Systems for Environmental Management in 1999 as a contractor working for the Fire Lab. In 2007 he was hired by the U.S. Forest Service as a permanent Fire Ecologist. Duncan has been involved in the development of the First Order Fire Effects Model, the BurnUp Model, the Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator, FIREMON, Fuel Loading Models, Photoloads, the Integration of FIREMON and the Fire Ecology Assessment Tool, and FuelCalc.


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