USDA Forest Service

Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team


Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

400 N 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 732-7800

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Photo of field work collecting fuels dataFERA's research mission is to inform management of natural resources through research and development in fuels and combustion science, fire and landscape ecology, and integration of the physical and ecological sciences. More information



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Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS)

Corner of an experimental fire in FloridaThis extension of the Fire Dynamics Simulator includes information about wildland fuels and fire to predict exposure and responses when wildfires occur on the edge of urban areas.

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Fuel Treatment Effectiveness

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Climate Change Research

The Pacific Northwest Research Station provides links to global climate change research projects More information

Just the Facts

Thumbnail of a factsheetOur series of fact sheets on new products, produced in cooperation with the FIREHouse project, provides a brief overview of the major product lines FERA has produced in recent years. More

Cooperative Research

University of Washington logoFERA is a team of Forest Service employees who work closely with a talented group of scientists, professionals, and graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Washington schools of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering.

We also cooperate with many other insititutions of higher learning across the United States.

Software and Electronic Databases

Small version of the fuel and fire tools opening screenFuel and Fire Tools (FFT) is a single integrated software application that includes the newest versions of FCCS, Consume, FEPS, the Pile Calculator and the Digital Photo Series. More information

Forest Service Research Publications, including those Treesearch graphicwritten by members of the FERA team, which are available electronically can be found on the Treesearch website. A complete list of team publications is can be found on our website. More

Thumbnail of Digital Photo Series splash screenDigital Photo Series, an electronic version of the popular natural fuels photo series that, in the past, has been only available in print. More information

Sketch of a handpilePile Calculator, a tool to estimate accurately and efficiently the biomass of piled fuels More information

Thumbnail of FCCS software splash screenFuel Characteristic Classification System, calculates fuel characteristics and fire potential in fuelbeds. More information

Thumbnail of Consume softare splash screen Consume 3.0 uses fuel characteristics, lighting patterns, conditions, and meteorological attributes to calculate consumption and emissions by phase. More information






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