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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 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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arrowAdapting to Climate Change at Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park

Anticipating potential impacts of climate change, and adapting management strategies to consider those impacts, are challenges facing those who manage the land and water. FERA’s Jessica Halofsky and David L. Peterson joined many others from the land management and science communities to conduct and publish a case study that produced complementary adaptation options for Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park. This report illustrates the utility of place-based vulnerability assessment and science-management workshops in adapting to climate change. Many of the ideas generated through this process can potentially be applied in other locations and in other agencies.


arrowWestern Mountain Initiative Meeting

FERA's Dave Peterson, Don McKenzie, Crystal Raymond, and Maureen Kennedy attended the annual meeting of the Western Mountain Initiative (WMI) in Glacier National Park, Montana on September 21 and 22. Representatives of recently formed Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives also attended, seeking science inputs from WMI researchers. Crystal and Maureen presented highlights from their recent work in climate-change adaptation and watershed-scale wildfire modeling, respectively.


arrowInitial Reconnaissance of the 2011 Wildland-Urban Interface Fires in Amarillo, Texas

FERA’s newest scientist, Ruddy Mell, along with colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Texas Forest Service have reported on the initial data collection efforts in response to recent wildland-urban interface fires in the Amarillo, Texas area. The objective of the project is to document fire event losses and fire behavior during the February 2011 fires. This joint effort includes over 29,000 photographs, data on the particulars of approximately 101 structures, and the fire damage to wildland and residential vegetation. The summary report describes the data collection methodology and deployment of those who collected the data. A second, more detailed, report will provide timelines, general fire behavior observations, as well as specific structure impacts.

This report is part of a larger postfire wildland-urban interface effort recently funded by the Joint Fire Science Program project #11-1-3-29.


arrowContinuing Development of FCCS

The Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) has undergone some major changes in the past two years. The underlying calculator modules have been completely recoded and are now housed within the Integrated Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFT-DSS) and FERA's new Fire and Fuels Application (FFA).  The FFA is under development and will operate FERA tools, including FCCS, Consume, Pile Calculator, and FEPS within a single, integrated application.  The stand-alone version of FCCS is serving as a test version for the recoded FCCS.  We plan one last release of the stand-alone FCCS (v. 2.2) in November 2011 that allows for metric inputs and contains several corrections to calculator algorithms.


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