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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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Icon of a magnifying glassCombustion-Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiments (Rx CADRE)

Prescribed fire research2012 Fire

In 2011, the Joint Fire Science Program funded the second phase of the RxCADRE work, "Data Set for Fuels, Fire Behavior, Smoke and Fire Effects Model Development and Evaluation."

Current news and progress reports about this massive project can be found on a Rocky Mountain Research Station website.

2010 Fire

Individuals and fire research teams from the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, Northern Research Station, and Southern Research Station as well as from universities (Georgia Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Jose State University, University of Alberta, University of Montana, and University of Idaho) came together as members of the Rx CADRE team to instrument and collect data on prescribed burns in the southeastern United States. This enabled scientists from around the United States and Canada to collaborate, pool their resources, and combine efforts to advance fire behavior and fire effects model development and validation. Roger Ottmar of FERA led the fuels team to collect fuels and fuel consumption data. Kevin Hiers of the Jones Center coordinated the scientific teams.

The teams documented fire-atmospheric dynamics on 6 prescribed fires during 8 days in southern woodland fuelbed types on Eglin Air Force Base (NW Florida) and the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center (SW Georgia).

Specifically, the teams

  1. Compared in situ and remote sensed heat environments of prescribed burns
  2. Documented coupled atmospheric interactions
  3. Produced validation datasets for coupled fire-atmospheric dynamic models
  4. Related fire behavior to first order fire effects.

To fully instrument fires, the teams collected data on:

  • Pre-burn fuel loads
  • Post burn consumption
  • Fuel moisture
  • Ambient weather
  • Convective dynamics (in situ)
  • Plume dynamics
  • Radiant heat release (both from in-situ and remote sensors)
  • Fire behavior (in situ)
  • elected fire effects.

The Discovery Channel Canada collected interviews and footage and developed a 7-minute segment that aired March 18 during their broadcast of the “Daily Planet”.

The field campaign and data collection will be followed by a Core Fire Science Caucus meeting to consolidate the data and begin the process of completing a series of peer-reviewed publications that will be multi-authored and integrated across the various aspects of the project.

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