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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 glassDeveloping FCCS Fuelbeds for the Lake Tahoe Basin

FCCS Fuelbed Map of Lake Tahoe BasinFERA collaborated with the Pacific Southwest Region to develop a set of past, current, and future fuelbeds for the Lake Tahoe basin using the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS). The system provides fuel characteristics; carbon accounting; surface fire, crown fire and available fuel potentials; and fire behavior calculations under various weather scenarios for each fuelbed developed. Following assignment of the fuelbeds to the basin landscape, levels of fire risk, smoke/pollutant production, carbon gain or loss, and threats or benefits to other resources were compared among the various treatment alternatives considered by the Interdisciplinary Team and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit vegetation and fuels management staff. This was done to improve the planning of restoration projects and serve as a common platform of communication among managers, decision makers, and the public.

Products from this research were:

  1. Comprehensive set of fuelbed pathways for the Lake Tahoe basin
  2. Fuelbeds that represent current and future scenarios for the Lake Tahoe basin.
  3. Map [.png 3.6 MB](with legend) and GIS layers of FCCS fuelbeds
  4. Final Report Describing the Protocols and FCCS Fuelbeds with Corresponding Fire Behavior Output 3.9 MB
  5. Presentation to results Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region managers and other constituents.
  6. Draft of scientific manuscript

Companion Research: Evaluating Alternative Fuel Treatments in the South Shore Wildland-Urban Interface Area

Project Lead: Roger Ottmar

Co-Principal Investigator: Hugh Safford, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region

Funding provided by the funds from the Southern Nevada Land Planning Management Act via the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station.
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