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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 September 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).

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arrowKorean Visitors Hosted by Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

The Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory (PWFSL) was honored to host Drs. Myuong-Soo Won and Byungdoo Lee, fire scientists from the Korea Forest Research Institute; and Rak-Sam Ko and Gi-Ho Shim, deputy directors of the Korea Forest Service. FERA’s Morris Johnson and Ernesto Alvarado organized a schedule that included an overview of the lab’s research in fuels, fire, and smoke. Dr. Su-Young Woo, former student of the University of Washington’s School of Forest Resources and currently back on sabbatical from the University of Seoul, also participated. The metric version of the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) made its debut for these distinguished guests and attracted considerable interest. Visitors’ interests included the development of a fuel characterization and fire behavior system for Korea, fire weather prediction, and fire management.

The delegation also visited with researchers from the Canadian Forest Service and the Missoula Fire Sciences lab in Montana.

arrowOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Leadership Interested in Results of Fuel Treatment Effectiveness Study

FERA’s Susan Prichard, a cooperator at the University of Washington, was invited to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Leadership Team meeting to share results of her recently-completed fuel treatment effectiveness study. Prichard studied the effects of previous fuel treatments on fire severity during the 2006 Tripod Complex fires in the Methow Valley, and continues to conduct research to improve understanding of fuel treatment effectiveness. The team was interested in how this might apply to prescribed burning programs and their updated Dry Forest Strategy.

We acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program under projects JFSP #07-1-2-13 and #09-1-01-9.

arrowReflections on 10 Years of the Joint Fire Science Program

The interagency Joint Fire Science Program published an issue of Fire Science Digest that focuses on the thoughts of 10 prominent fire researchers on the program and its accomplishments, challenges, and future direction. In this digest, FERA’s David L. Peterson offers his thoughts on the importance of integrating research across disciplines and in focusing future research agendas. Interviews for this issue were conducted at the 4th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Savannah, Georgia late in 2009.

arrowDemonstration of FERA’s Suite of Fuel Management Tools at Portugal Meeting

FERA will be demonstrating its suite of four fuel management products during a workshop at the 6th International Conference on Forest Fire Research, to be held in Coimbra, Portgual November 15-18. “A Suite of Fuel Management Tools: Fuel Characteristic Classification System, Natural Fuels Photo Series, Digital Photo Series, and Consume 3_0,”  will be offered on morning of the 13th of November at Hotel Vila Galé  If you are interested in participating in this event, please register soon. Space is limited. There is no additional fee for the workshop if you have registered for the entire conference.

arrowIntegration Work Continues to Connect FCCS and Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool

Integration of the Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool (VDDT) and the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) is the focus of FERA’s Jessica Halofsky, a University of Washington collaborator. Individually, these two valuable products are used by many land managers throughout the United States.  Integrating the two will enhance the utility of VDDT by allowing simulation of vegetation composition, structure and related fire potential across a landscape over time. 

This research is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

arrowSpace Available in PWFSL Workshops in Spokane

Limited spots remain for attending the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory’s two half-day workshops on fuels and smoke tools during the “3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference,” October 25-29 in Spokane, WA. Although the workshop sessions are separate, their content is highly complementary.

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