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Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team


Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

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Seattle, WA 98103

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Icon of a magnifying glassDeveloping FCCS Fuelbeds For Northeastern Oregon

NE Oregon FCCS Fuelbed Files (.zip 1MB)

A May 12, 2011 kick-off meeting was held at Baker City, Oregon to begin developing and mapping Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) fuelbeds for the Predictive Service Area E4 zone of northeastern Oregon that includes the Umatilla, Malhuer, and Wallowa-Whitman national forests, as well as adjacent BLM forest lands.

The comprehensive set of FCCS fuelbeds will represent past, current and potential future conditions of major forest and rangeland types, management activities, and natural disturbances occurring in the E-4 region. Participants included fire a fuel managers and ecologists from the region. The fuelbed types identified as important to the region include:

  1. Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, grand fir (moist)
  2. Grand fir (cool, moist)
  3. Subalpine fir (cold, dry)
  4. Lodgepole pine (cool, moist)
  5. Douglas-fir/nine bark
  6. Ponderosa pine (hot, dry)
  7. Ponderosa pine (warm, dry)
  8. Perennial bunch grass
  9. Western juniper/ bitterbrush/ bunch grass
  10. Sagebrush/grass (include cheat grass pathway and separate pathway for Mt. sage and one for Wyoming sage)

Fuelbed pathways for each fuelbed type will be developed to determine the number of fuelbeds that will be constructed. Using photo series, plant association guides, and various fuels data sets, fuelbeds identified in the pathways will be constructed and reviewed. The fuelbeds will be cross-walked to vegetation attributes and mapped across the region.


  • Fuelbed handbook with the fuelbed pathways
  • Fuelbed descriptions
  • FCCS fire behavior and fire potential outputs
  • Fuelbed map

Estimated Completion Date: March 31, 2012

Project Lead: Roger Ottmar

Funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region


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