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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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FERA Research Update December 2009

This FERA Research Update is intended to provide the fire management and fire science communities with information about current research conducted by the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA).

To subscribe, visit or contact Ellen Eberhardt at (541)750-7481,

arrowPost-Hurricane Fuels Photo Series Published

The 12th volume of FERA’s stereo photo series for quantifying natural fuels, “Post-Hurricane Fuels in the Forests of the Southeast United States” has been printed and is now available upon request and at no cost. Sites in this series are ordered by increasing total downed woody material loading. Photos and sampling occurred between February 2007 and October 2008 and cover both the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast. We acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program under Project #06-1-1-11.

Requests for copies of this photo series may be made by contacting Ellen Eberhardt (; 541-750-7481).

arrowField Work in the South Continues after Holiday Break

FERA’s field crew continues to focus their efforts on collecting preburn data in Florida to support research sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program. One project takes a look at the effects of the season of burning, while the other is validating consumption models used for smoke management planning. Data is being collected on Eglin Air Force Base, the Apalachicola National Forest, and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. After the holiday break they will return to this same area for at least another six weeks.

arrowNew Papers on Adapting to Climate Change

In its December 2009 issue, the journal Environmental Management published six papers on the theme of adaptation options for climate sensitive ecosystems and resources. FERA’s Don McKenzie and  David L. Peterson can be counted among the authors, along with Ron Neilson of the Pacific Northwest Research Station.

arrowAdvanced Smoke Modeling Workshop Focuses on North Carolina

Roger Ottmar was a lead instructor at the advanced smoke modeling workshop for fire and fuels managers held in Kinston, North Carolina December 14-18.  He provided 16 hours of instruction during day and evening sessions on how to build fuelbeds using the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) and the photo series.  He also taught participants to estimate fuel consumption and emissions using the Consume 3.0 program. The North Carolina Division of Forest Resources organized the workshop, and the instructors Bill Jackson of Southeast Region and Gary Acthemeier of the Southern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service also participated. Several suggestions made during this workshop will be used to modify both tools to better represent southern fuels and burning conditions. 

arrowGood Clearcuts?  Young Stands Prove Resilient to Wildfire

Christina Lyons-Tinsley completed her Master’s research on postfire effects of the 2006 Tripod Fire in cooperation with her graduate adviser David L. Peterson. Her study, conducted on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, showed that stands that had been clearcut, prescribe burned, and regenerated 20-30 years prior to the wildfire had higher survival than clearcut areas without fuel treatments and much higher survival than adjacent mature, mixed conifer stands.  The young stands are the only living trees in much of the mid-elevation landscape of the Tripod Fire.  This suggests that young stands can be resilient to intense wildfire if they have low surface fuels.


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