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Photo of Fire spread and smoke transport through forest vegetation, as shown in this photograph of a prescribed burn in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, can be influenced by atmospheric turbulence (wind gusts). Forest Service
ID: 213
Advancing Understanding of Atmospheric Interactions with Wildfires

Through partnerships with San Jose State University, Michigan State University, and the Silas Little Experimental Forest, modeling and experimen ...

Principal Investigator : Warren E. Heilman

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010NRS
Photo of Figure 1. Anomalous numbers of warm- and cold-season extreme precipitation events with different durations typically occurring during El Nino episodes. The dotted areas indicate statistically significant anomalies.
 
Figure 2.  Same as Figure 1 except for El Nino Modoki episodes. Xindi Bian, USDA Forest Service
ID: 1223
El Niño and El Niño Modoki impacts on extreme precipitation in the U.S.

Many areas of the U.S. are vulnerable to socioeconomic disruptions caused by extreme precipitation and resulting floods, and there has been an i ...

Principal Investigator : Warren E. Heilman

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2017NRS
Photo of Instrumented towers set up within and in the vicinity of prescribed fires in the New Jersey Pine Barrens provide critical meteorological and air quality data for validating smoke prediction tools.  Nicholas Skowronski, Forest Service
ID: 320
Fireflux Experiments Improve Safety of Prescribed Burns in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Predicting the effects of smoke from low-intensity prescribed fires on local air-quality is being made easier by new tools developed by Forest S ...

Principal Investigator : Warren E. Heilman

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
2011NRS
Photo of Smoke from a low-intensity prescribed fire conducted in the New Jersey Pine Barrens on 6 March 2012. Forest Service research looks at the impact on a local highway. Warren Heilman, USDA Forest Service
ID: 479
Modeling Tool Improves Smoke Dispersion Predictions During Low-Intensity Fires

Forest Service scientists developed a new modeling tool to improve predictions of local smoke transport during low-intensity wildland fires in f ...

Principal Investigator : Warren E. Heilman

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2013NRS
Photo of Potential changes in the average length (days: black contours) of weather events that are conducive to extreme fire behavior under projected future climate conditions compared to current climate conditions, as quantified by Haines Index values equal to 5 or 6.  Color shading indicates changes in standard deviation. USDA Forest Service
ID: 598
Potential Effects of Regional Climate Change on Fire Weather in the U.S.

Regional climate change has the potential to alter the frequency of extreme and erratic wildfires in the United States. Regional climate model ...

Principal Investigator : Warren E. Heilman

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014NRS
Photo of Example of prescribed fire adjacent to a forest gap in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Warren E. Heilman, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1053
The Influence of Forest Gaps on Fire-Atmosphere Interactions

Model simulations have been used to examine how gaps in forest stands can affect the response of the atmosphere to low-intensity wildland fires ...

Principal Investigator : Warren E. Heilman

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016NRS
Photo of Favorable fire behavior in mixed conifer and brush during a burn operation near Jerseydale;
Ferguson Fire, Sierra NF, CA, 2018.
ID: 1432
Understanding Wind Gusts During Fire can Help Fire and Smoke Managers

Wind fields in the vicinity of wildland fires can be highly variable or turbulent, exhibiting significant gusts that can lead to erratic fire be ...

Principal Investigator : Warren E. Heilman

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018NRS
Photo of Period of high fire-induced atmospheric turbulence observed during a prescribed fire conducted in the New Jersey Pine Barrens on 20 March 2011. USDA Forest Service
ID: 858
Unraveling the Mysteries of Fire-induced Weather

Observational data and model simulations have been used by Forest Service scientists and their partners to examine turbulent circulations in the ...

Principal Investigator : Warren E. Heilman

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015NRS