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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 January 2011

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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arrowMechanical Pile Consumption Calculations Added to Pile Calculator

FERA’s Handpile Calculator, released in 2009, has been enhanced and now includes calculations for machine-built piles. These additional calculations come directly from the work of Dr. Colin Hardy (USFS Missoula Fire Lab) as implemented in FERA’s Consume 3.0 software. Clint Wright and Paige Eagle worked together to incorporate the machine pile equations in both the online calculator as well as a version of the calculator that can be downloaded and used when Internet access is unavailable. We acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program under Project 10-S-02-2.


arrowCollecting Fuels Data for Collaborative Research Burns

FERA’s well-travelled field crew spent most of January in the field collecting fuels data in advance of three prescribed burns planned for early February. These burns will take place at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida panhandle, and will be well-monitored by a self-organized group of fire scientists who will study fuels, fire behavior, combustion, smoke, air quality, and weather. This collaboration, known as RxCadre, conducted a similar set of burns in 2008 both at Eglin and at the Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center in southern Georgia. Their goal is to collect and analyze many types of data simultaneously to better understand the total heat budget during wildland fires. This is a rare opportunity in fire science to bring over 25 scientists together with a common goal of connecting research results.

arrowConnecting with Fire Practitioners Around the Country

Roger Ottmar, a research forester with FERA, continues to teach at the smoke management classes (Rx410), fire effect classes (Rx310), and Technical Fire Management modules around the country. Teaching parts of a curriculum he helped develop for the National Wildland Fire Training Program, Roger shares his many years of knowledge with fire and resource specialists, fire crew members, burn bosses, and fire analysts, along with many others, during presentations that last from 1 hour to 2 days. In January alone, he taught fuels workshops in North Carolina and Minnesota, and Rx410 classes in Oregon and Minnesota. In the next few months, he will teach in Montana, Arizona, and Tennessee. Classes are arranged and offered by local agencies.

arrowPreparing for Climate Change in the Northern Cascade Range

The newly-formed North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership (NCAP) is a Forest Service–National Park Service collaboration on climate change adaptation. It will be addressing adaptation across a 6-million acre landscape of the Cascade Range in Washington, a region that includes Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, North Cascades National Park Complex, and Mount Rainier National Park. The partnership will address climate change education, conduct a vulnerability assessment of the effects of climate change on natural resources, and develop adaptation options that support sustainable resource management in a warmer climate. FERA’s Crystal Raymond and Dave Peterson, along with Regina Rochefort of the National Park Service, are directing the partnership.

Funding is being provided by U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and the National Park Service, with collaboration from University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. Partners to date include Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Target completion is May 2012. It will be similar to soon-to-be-published Olympic Peninsula case study (Washington), but more complex because of the larger area and more participants.

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