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Pacific Wildland Fire
Sciences Laboratory
400 N. 34th St.
Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 732-7800

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On August 14, 2003, the Seattle Forestry Sciences Laboratory was reborn as the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory. This new name reflects more than 30 years of fire research conducted out of the forestry sciences laboratory in Seattle. As its fire research program and partnerships grew, Station Director Tom Quigley decided to rename the lab as the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory (PWFSL).

The lab is home to the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA), led by Dr. Morgan Varner, the Urban Wildland Interactions Team (UWIT) led by Dale Blahna, and the Vegetation Monitoring and Remote Sensing (VMaRS) led by Hans Andersen. In addition, the Atmosphere and Fire Interactions Research Team (AIRFire) has been formed, led by Sim Larkin, and will be based at PWFSL.

Research currently conducted at the lab includes the impact of fire on air quality and visibility, wildfire and ecology research, the effects of fire on air, the impacts of smoke on human health, and social research (rural and urban wildland interface). The Station will also continue to conduct significant fire research at its other lab locations.



PWFSL Media Kit
NEW info kit kit coming soon!!.


Hazardous Weather Info
The PWFSL follows the Seattle Federal Executive Board for recommended office closures due to hazardous weather conditions. For current information on office closures, see the SFEB Weather page.


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