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Pacific Fire Exchange Is the Hottest Partnership in the Pacific

Photo of Invasive grass fire in Hawai'i. Susan Cordell, Forest ServiceInvasive grass fire in Hawai'i. Susan Cordell, Forest ServiceSnapshot : A new collaboration promotes and uses the best available science to reduce wildfire management costs and improve land managers' ability to protect people and natural resources

Principal Investigators(s) :
Cordell, Susan 
Research Location : Pacific region
Research Station : Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 118


Despite an urgent need for detailed, relevant, and accessible wildfire management information, the Pacific region lacks regionally specific fire-science information and technology. The Forest Service recently formed and funded the Pacific Fire Exchange to address the need for a regional, collaborative approach for effective fire prevention, mitigation, and management.

Although initial efforts have made significant progress in understanding fire dynamics, ecological effects, and fuels mitigation in the Pacific region, a need is growing for additional region-specific fire research. The exchange, therefore, also exists to stimulate and promote use of best available research to reduce wildfire management costs and enhance land managers' ability to effectively protect natural, cultural, and community resources from wildfire devastation.

To maximize the value of this next generation of fire science, effective communication, information exchange, and science delivery must be formalized and expanded so future research is guided by managers' needs and so knowledge and tools gained from the science are efficiently transferred to users who need them. The exchange is part of the national network of Joint Fire Science Program Knowledge Exchange Consortia.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • National Park Service
  • US Department of the Interiror Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service