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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 glassFuel Treatment Effectiveness

Evaluating the effectiveness of various forest and range fuel types is essential to effectively and efficiently managing forests to sustain natural resources and ecosystems over time while simultaneously reducing the fire hazard to human developments. FERA has projects at the local and regional scales to study various aspects of this issue.


The PNW Research Station has a website dedicated to postfire forest management


"The Effect of Previous Wildfires on Subsequent Wildfire Behavior and Post-Wildfire Recovery" authors review and summarize information and identify knowledge gaps in the recent literature on the impact on previous wildfires on subsequent wildfires. This is a short science review.
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"Fuel Treatments and Landform Modify Landscape Patterns of Fire Severity in an Extreme Fire Event" evaluates relationships between fuel reduction treatments and burn severity in the 2006 Tripod Complex fires.
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"Fuel Treatments Reduce the Severity of Wildfire Effects in Dry Mixed Conifer Forest, Washington, USA" documents the effectiveness of thinning and prescribed burning in the 2006 Tripod Complex fires. This study provides strong quantitative evidence that thinning alone does not reduce wildfire severity but that thinning followed by prescribed burning is effective at mitigating wildfire severity in dry western forests
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"Managing Forests After Fire" discuses the interaction between fire and its patterns across a forest, forests after fire, and postfire management of forests. This is a short, basic review of the state-of-the-science today. 12 pages.
Full text [.pdf]

"Guide to Fuel Treatments in Dry Forests of the Western United States: Assessing Forest Structure and Fire Hazard" analyzes a range of fuel treatments for representative dry forest stands in the Western United States with overstories dominated by ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and pinyon pine. This guidebook features stand visualizations of various treatments, and accompanying fuels data.
Abstract and full text [.html]
Order a printed copy of PNW-GTR-686 [.html]

"Forest Structure and Fire Hazard in Dry Forests of the Western United States" synthesizes the relevant scientific knowledge that can assist fuel-treatment treatment projects on national forests and public lands.
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"A Consumer Guide: Tools to Manage Vegetation and Fuels " provides a state-of-science summary of tools currently available for management of vegetation and fuels. Detailed summaries include a description of each tool, location where it can be obtained, relevant spatial scale, level of user knowledge required, data requirements, model outputs, application in fuel treatments, linkage to other tools, and availability of training and support.
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"Managing Forest Structure and Fire Hazard -- A Tool for Planners" is a journal article describing the "Guide to Fuel Treatments in Dry Forests of the Western United States (see above). Morris Johnson, David L. Peterson, and Crystal Raymond published this in the Journal of Forestry.
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"Science-Based Strategic Planning for Hazardous Fuel Treatment" -- A 5-page outline of a process for planning hazardous fuel treatments which takes into consideration the multiple objectives and responsibilities of land managers. Dave Peterson and Morris Johnson prepared this article for Fire Management Today as a short work complementing the Guide to Fuel Treatments in Dry Forests of the Western United States.
Full text [.pdf]

FVS logo\Developing a Post-Processor to Link the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) and the Fuel Characteristic Classification System
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mitigation Activities in the WUI

Blowdown photoButte Falls Blowdown Project


Evaluating Alternative Fuel Treatments in the South Shore Wildland Urban Interface Area

Cedar River Fire Hazard Analysis and Fuel Decomposition

Do Fuel Treatments Reduce Fire Severity? Evaluating Treatment Effectiveness in the 2006 Tripod Fire


Landscape Analysis of Fuel Treatment Longevity and Effectiveness in the 2006 Tripod Complex Fires

Applied Wildland Fire Research in Support of Project Level Hazardous Fuels Planning


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