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

Logo of the U.S. Forest Service



To receive monthly updates on fire and fuels research from FERA, subscribe to our electronic news update. More.

Newsletter Archive | News Flash Archive



FERA Dataset on Ground Fuel Measurements from Prescribed Fires is Available to the Public

The dataset “RxDADRE 2008, 2011, and 2012: Ground Fuel Measurements from Prescribed Fires,” by FERA’s Roger Ottmar and his University of Washington collaborator Joe Restaino, is available to the public through the Forest Service Fire Research Data Archive.

The archive preserves and publishes short and long-term research data collected from studies funded by the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development, Joint Fire Science Program, and Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. Eventually all RxCADRE datasets will be stored in this archive.

Each archived data set (data product) contains at least one data set, complete metadata, and any other documentation the researcher deemed important to understanding the data set(s). The data catalog entries present a brief description of the data product and links to the metadata and the actual data files. (February 27, 2015)


FERA Fire Scientists Featured in Oregon Public Broadcasting Video

FERA’s Morris Johnson spoke about fire and the efficacy of fuel treatments in fire-adapted ecosystems during a 6-minute video produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). The video is one of many short productions in OPB’s Earthfix series.  

Joining Morris were Susan Prichard, FERA cooperator with the University of Washington, and our former FERA team leader David L. Peterson.


Welcoming Your Ideas to Improve Information on the FERA Website
Over the next 12 months, information posted on the FERA website will be entered into the Drupal content management system. The “look and feel” of the site will be much different (more generically branded as the Forest Service) and hopefully it will be easier to find the information you seek simply from using the search box.

In anticipation of that move, I’m soliciting your suggestions to improve actual content of the current site. Do we have too much material? Should the material be organized in a different way? Can you understand the narratives? Do you use information from the past (i.e., more than 5 years ago)? What do you particularly like about the current FERA website that you would like us to retain?

Simply send any of your thoughts to me, Ellen Eberhardt, at Thanks for helping out! (February 27, 2015)





arrowClimate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in the North Cascades Region, Washington

The North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership (NCAP) is a science-management partnership that worked with numerous stakeholders over 2 years to identify climate change issues relevant to resource management in the North Cascades and to find solutions that will facilitate the transition of the diverse ecosystems of this region into a warmer climate. The NCAP provided education, conducted a climate change vulnerability assessment, and developed adaptation options for federal agencies that manage 2.4 million hectares in north-central Washington.
Former FERA team members Dave Peterson and Crystal Raymond wrote this report along with National Park Service science advisor Regina Rochefort.

Learn more


arrowClimate, Fire Size, and Biophysical Setting Control Fire Severity and Spatial Pattern in the Northern Cascade Range, USA

Warmer and drier climate over the past few decades has brought larger fire sizes and increased annual area burned in forested ecosystems of western North America. As warming continues, fires may also increase in severity and produce larger contiguous patches of severely burned areas. University of Washington partner Alina Cansler and and FERA’s Don McKenzie used remotely sensed burn-severity data from 125 fires in the northern Cascade Range of Washington to explore relationships between fire size, severity, and the spatial pattern of severity. They found that if fire sizes increase in a warming climate, changes in the extent, severity, and spatial pattern of fire regimes are likely to be most pronounced in higher-severity fire regimes with less complex topography and more continuous fuels.

Learn more


arrowThe Climate–Wildfire–Air Quality System: Interactions and Feedbacks across Spatial and Temporal Scales

Because climate change is expected to increase total area burned by wildfire and wildfires affect air quality, which is regulated, there is a need to define and study climate, wildfire, and air quality as one system. This paper, written by the University of Washington’s Natasha Stavros with support from FERA’s Don McKenzie, was published as an Advanced Review in WIREs. It reviews interactions and feedbacks acting across space and time within the climate–wildfire–air quality system, providing a foundation for integrated modeling and for assessing the ecological and social impacts of this system.

Learn more


arrowNothing at this time

Learn more



Disclaimers | FOIAPrivacy Policy | Quality of InformationPrint This Page
USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.