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Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

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Seattle, WA 98103

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FERA Research Update April 2010

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 http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/news/subscribe.shtml or contact Ellen Eberhardt at (541)750-7481, eeberhardt@fs.fed.us

POPULAR HANDPILE CALCULATOR TO RECEIVE ENHANCEMENTS

The Joint Fire Science Program has graciously funded improvements in the recently-released handpile calculator. This will allow FERA’s cooperator Paige Eagle, of the University of Washington, to both incorporate machine-pile calculations into the program and provide an option for the batch processing of data. The handpile calculator will also be made available as a standalone program. FERA’s Clint Wright is the principal investigator.

We acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program under Project 10-S-02-2.


FIRST TRIPOD STUDY COMPLETE: WORK CONTINUING

A study on how previous fuel treatments affected fire severity in the 2007 Tripod Complex fires in northcentral Washington is complete. Susan Prichard, a FERA cooperator at the University of Washington, found strong quantitative evidence that without treatment of surface fuels, thinning alone is not a viable surrogate for prescribed fire in these dry, mixed conifer forests. In contrast, thinning followed by prescribed burning to reduce surface fuels appears to be an effective strategy for mitigating wildfire severity.

A followup project extends this analysis from a field-based study involving two treatment types and control units to a large-scale analysis of all units involved in the Tripod Complex for which there are geospatial records.

We acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program under Projects JFSP 07-1-2-13 and JFSP 09-1-01-19

NINTH INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LANSCAPE ECOLOGY MEETING WILDFIRE SYMPOSIUM

FERA's Don McKenzie, along with Forest Service researchers Paul Hessburg and Bob Keane, organized a symposium on the landscape ecology of wildfires at the April 2010 meeting of International Association for Landscape Ecology in Athens, Georgia.

"CLIMATE, FORESTS, AND FUTURE: A VIEW FROM THE TREE LINE" LECTURE ONLINE

Last month, PNW's David L. Peterson, research biologist and leader of the station's Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team, was invited by the University of Washington to give a university-wide public lecture on forests and climate change. His talk, "Climate, Forests, and Future: A View from the Tree Line," was attended by about 400 people and explored the effects of climate change on northwest forests and how interdisciplinary science can help us to prepare for a changing climate. Dave's lecture was videotaped and is available streaming or for download.

FCCS VERSION 2.1 RELEASED

A new version of the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS 2.1) has been released and contains an important fix to the surface fire behavior equations. Specifically, this new version has an improved accounting of the influence of live and dead vegetation on surface fire reaction intensity.  These updated calculations will result in different surface fire behavior outputs than those in version 2.0. The new version also includes a modification to calculate tree bole biomass and carbon, as well as minor updates to user screens and reports.  

We strongly encourage you to update your version of FCCS to version 2.1.

NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION WORKSHOP CONVENED

On April 20 and 21, about 139 representatives from the National Forest System, Forest Service Research, and our partners, gathered to learn from one another about tools for preparing adaptation strategies, promotion of partnerships, and to gather feedback on needs and priorities to assist future implementation of such strategies.  

As one of its several goals, the WestWide Climate Change Initiative coalition sponsored this workshop on “Adapting to Climate Change in National Forests: A Workshop for Resource Managers” at Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area (Oregon and Washington). FERA’s Dave Peterson led the organizing committee for this workshop.

 

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