USDA Forest Service

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





Photo of field work collecting fuels dataFERA's research mission is to inform management of natural resources through research and development in fuels and combustion science, fire and landscape ecology, and integration of the physical and ecological sciences. More information

Climate Change and the Eco-Hydrology of Fire: Will Area Burned Increase in a Warming Western USA?

Decomposition Rates for Hand-Piled Fuels

Fuel Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS) Goes Live

Gearing UP for Field Season

New Warning Statement on Digital Photo Series and Pile Calculator

Annual Fire Research Project at Tall Timbers Focuses on Prescribed Fire Science

Approaches to Wildland Fire Management Addressed at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Area Burned in Alpine Treeline Ecotones Reflects Region-wide Trends

Research Results

Software and Electronic Databases

Fuel Treatment Effectiveness studies evaluate the effectiveness of various forest and range fuel treatments. They are essential pieces of the puzzle of effectively and efficiently managing forests to sustain natural resources and reducing the fire hazard to human developments.

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Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT) is a single Small version of the fuel and fire tools opening screenintegrated software application that includes the newest versions of FCCS, Consume,FEPS, the Pile Calculator and the Digital Photo Series.

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Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS) extends the Fire Dynamics Simulator includes information about wildland fuels and fire to predict exposure and responses when wildfires occur on the edge of urban areas.

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Treesearch graphicForest Service Research Publications,including those written by members of the FERA team, which are available electronically can be found on the Treesearch website.

A complete list of team publications is can be found on our website. More information

Just the Facts

Thumbnail of a factsheetOur series of fact sheets on new products, produced in cooperation with the FIREHouse project, provides a brief overview of the major product lines FERA has produced in recent years.

Thumbnail of Digital Photo Series splash screenDigital Photo Series, an electronic version of the popular natural fuels photo series that, in the past, has been only available in print.

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Climate Change Research Results from the Pacific Northwest Research Station provides links to global climate change research projects.

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Sketch of a handpilePile Calculator, a tool to estimate accurately and efficiently the biomass of piled fuels.

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Cooperative Research

University of Washington logoFERA is a team of Forest Service employees who work closely with a talented group of scientists, professionals, and graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

We also cooperate with many other institutions of higher learning across the United States.




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