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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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arrowFire Research Aims to Make Fuels Reduction More Efficient, Wildfire Less Potent

Fuels data gathered by the FERA field crew in the 1.1-million-acre Pinelands National Reserve of New Jersey made it possible for researchers from the Northern Research Station to test the principals and physics behind fuel reduction treatments. An overview of the project, supported by the Joint Fire Science Program, is offered in a video through the link below.

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RxCADRE Project Winds Down After 5 Years of Successes

Datasets to evaluate the extent to which fire and smoke models can adequately represent reality will soon be possible using comprehensive and integrated data gathered during the Prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiment (RxCADRE) in Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.

Compiling data from three separate years of experimentation in one location, the Forest Service Research Data Archive, allows fire and smoke modelers worldwide to have access to 125 datasets. Along with these valuable datasets, RxCADRE researchers are sharing methods and conclusions through a special issue of the International Journal of Wildland Fire and an 82-page final report to the Joint Fire Science Program.

  • Final Report
  • Datasets: All the datasets will be publically accessible upon publication of the IJWF’s special issue
  • International Journal of Wildland Fire--Twelve papers are in review.
  • Project Website

We thank the Joint Fire Science Program’s funding (Project 11-2-1-11) for their essential support toward the 2012 field campaign and subsequent projects.




arrowReport Helps Department of Defense Understand the State of Fire Behavior Models

FERA’s University of Washington partner Susan Prichard recently summarized the status of fire behavior and smoke modeling, research applications and recommendations for future research directions. Its intent is to assist the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) in developing a plan to support advances in fire science. The summary was informed by presentations made during the 2014 International Smoke Symposium’s special session “State of Fire Behavior Models and their Application to Ecosystem and Smoke Management.” This special session was led by both FERA’s Roger Ottmar and former Department of Defense fire manager Kevin Hiers.

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arrowThe Effect of Previous Wildfires on Subsequent Wildfire Behavior and Post-Wildfire Recovery

The Northern Rockies Fire Science Network has posted a science review that summarizes recent research results on the impact of wildfires on subsequent wildfires. Susan Prichard, a University of Washington researcher and FERA partner, joined with two other researchers to write this science review for the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network.

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arrowInfluences on Wildfire Burn Severity: Treatment and Landscape Drivers in an Extreme Fire Event

This 2-page brief reviews an analysis of how previous fire and land management efforts influenced burn severity during the 2006 Tripod Complex fires of northcentral Washington State. The Northwest Fire Science Consortium published this as the fifth in their Science Brief series, based on a paper by in Ecological Applications by FERA's University of Washington cooperators Susan Prichard and Maureen Kennedy.

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arrowModeling US-wide Carbon Emissions from Fire with the Wildland Fire Emissions Information System

Carbon modeling tools are becoming more comprehensive, making maps of carbon emissions from fire more accurate and timely. The Wildland Fire Emissions Information System (WFEIS) provides mapped estimates of carbon emissions from forest, rangeland, and agricultural fires anywhere in the United States through a web interface, using open-source software. WFEIS provides a consistent approach to estimating emissions at landscape, regional, and continental scales. 

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arrowWildland Fire Smoke in the Air—What Does it Mean to ME?

The Southwest Fire Consortium is sponsoring a workshop in Albuquerque, NM November 6 through 8th that focuses on wildland fire smoke and what it means to regulatory and management agencies, tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and the general public. In advance of this workshop, there will be a smoke management training class (Rx410), November 4–6.  FERA’s Roger Ottmar will teach several sections of this course in smoke management techniques and attend the consortium’s workshop.

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