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Researching Fire Behavior


fire research

The research and development arm of the Forest
Service works at the forefront of science to improve
the health and use of our Nation's forests and
grasslands. Research has been part of the Forest
Service mission since the agency's inception in 1905.
Here two scientists are developing data for a fire
science study.


The Forest Service is the largest forestry research organization in the world. Forest Service scientists in research stations and fire labs across the country conduct leading work in many fields of wildland fire science.

Learn more about how the different Forest Service labs research fire:






science and technology

A firefighter sets up a Remote Automated Weather
Station (RAWS) to monitor wind and weather conditions
that will affect the Ridge Fire. The Ridge Fire in the Boise
National Forest, ID near Lowman, ID began on Jul. 16,
2013 by lightning. U.S. Forest Service photo.

Science and Technology

The Forest Service manages wildland fire based on sound science and using state-of-the-art equipment, tools, technology and software. With remote automatic weather stations and satellite maps of fires Forest Service scientists are applying technology and equipment to keep employees safe while working in a wildfire.








More information on the cutting-edge wildfire research underway at the U.S. Forest Service


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Last modified August 29, 2013

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