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Photo of Burn probability map for the conterminous United States generated for risk assessment and other applications. Forest Service
ID: 396
A practical approach to using fire simulations for operational planning and ecological research

Station scientists have developed a simulation system designed to estimate the probabilistic components of wildfire risk for Fire Planning Units ...

Principal Investigator : Mark A. Finney

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of One year after a prescribed fire at a study site on the Plumas National Forest, California. Joe Larson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1071
An Evaluation of the Forest Service Hazardous Fuels Treatment Program

Are fuel management treatments implemented broadly enough as well as sited correctly?A core goal of the Cohesive Strategy is to manage fuels at ...

Principal Investigator : Nicole M. Vaillant

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016PNW
Photo of Fire danger categories
ID: 1425
An update of the National Fire Danger Rating System

The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a system that allows fire managers to estimate today's or tomorrow's fire danger for a given a ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Jolly

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2018RMRS
Photo of A mechanical fuels reduction treatment on a study site in the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest. Rhonda Mazza, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1072
Assessing the Impacts of Federal Forest Planning on Wildfire Risk Mitigation in the Pacific Northwest

In the western U.S., a presumed factor contributing to the transmission of fire from national forests to the wildland urban interface (WUI) are ...

Principal Investigator : Alan Ager

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of Forest Service researcher prepares a video camera prior to ignition of one of the large grass-shrub burn plots at Eglin Air Force Base. USDA Forest Service
ID: 556
Central Data Set Informs Next Generation of Fire and Smoke Models

RxCADRE, the Prescribed Fire and Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiment, is a collection of resources and fire and fuels data o ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel M. Jimenez

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013RMRS
Photo of 2012 Wenatchee Complex, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, WASH.  Kari Greer - Creative Commons
ID: 820
Climate-induced Variations in Global Wildfire Danger from 1979 to 2013

Identifying the driving factors of contemporary wildfire activity changes to ensure that wildfires are effectively managed to promote healthy ec ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Jolly

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015RMRS
Photo of A fire burns through the understory.
ID: 1420
Decreasing number of rainy days in summer has increased western wildfire

New research shows that significant declines in summer precipitation, and lengthening summer dry spells, are major drivers of the increase in fi ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Jolly

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018RMRS
Photo of Firefighters exit area where safety zone sensors were deployed on fire in Nevada in 2014. Dan Jimenez, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 700
Forest Service Researchers Focus on Firefighter Safety

Wildland firefighters continue to be injured or killed in fire entrapments. Past entrapment data indicates that policy changes, work practices, ...

Principal Investigator : Bret W. Butler

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014RMRS
Photo of The six sites selected for this study include: 1) Lubrecht Forest, Montana; 2) Tenderfoot Forest, Montana; 3) Ninemile, Montana; 4) Bighole Valley, Montana; 5) Silver Mountain, Utah; and 6) Colville Forest, Washington., RMRS19b.jpg: The sample grid installed in the center of each study area with the four areas that received additional sampling to intensify the grid.  A set of nested plots were installed at each of the sample points shown. Forest Service
ID: 399
How to measure, describe and map wildland fuels

Results from a new study have profound implications for fire management and may render many conventional fuel products and analyses inappropriat ...

Principal Investigator : Robert E. Keane II

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Plume of the Big Salmon Lake Fire on August 17, 2011: one of 25 fires studied in the Smoke Emission and Dispersion field project. Forest Service
ID: 111
Improved Air-Quality Models Help Land Managers and Regulators

New research helps reduce the effects of wildfire emissions on human health, economic activity, and scenic integrity

Principal Investigator : Shawn P. Urbanski

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012RMRS
Photo of A firefighter crew hiking out from a wildland fire burning in a pinyon-juniper woodland along the Utah-Nevada border. 
ID: 1434
Improving firefighter escape route mapping through LiDAR-based analysis

Wildland fires place firefighters in a dangerous working environment and their safety relies on knowing the safest pathways to a safety zone bef ...

Principal Investigator : Bret W. Butler

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018RMRS
Photo of Wildland fire burns with a mosaic of fire severity on the landscape. This image shows a high severity fire. USDA Forest Service
ID: 549
Mappint Project Delivers Fire Severity Maps for all Phases of Fire Management

Forest Service scientists and their cooperators developed the Fire Severity (FIRESEV) Mapping Project, a comprehensive set of tools and precedur ...

Principal Investigator : Robert E. Keane II

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013RMRS
Photo of The telltale red needles of a mountain pine beetle attacked tree contain 10 times less water than those of a similar healthy green tree, and these low moisture contents cause the red foliage to ignite quickly and easily.  This red-needle lodgepole pine tree was ignited from a single point source on its lowest branches; the entire tree was quickly consumed in flames. Forest Service
ID: 395
Mountain pine beetle effects on fire behavior

Studies are shining light on how pine beetles affect wildfire.

Principal Investigator : William M. Jolly

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of It is common to find mature whitebark pine trees well over 400 years of age as seen in this image, especially on harsh growing sites.
ID: 1344
Restoring whitebark pine ecosystems in the face of climate change

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain ...

Principal Investigator : Robert E. Keane II

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
2017RMRS
Photo of Top-view of the flame zone of a spreading fire in the laboratory showing pocket structures resulting from buoyant-flow instabilities. USDA Forest Service
ID: 816
Role of Buoyant Flame Dynamics in Wildfire Spread

The phrase “spreads like wildfire” is well-known but until recent discoveries through experiments, it wasn’t well-known how wildfires actu ...

Principal Investigator : Mark A. Finney

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015RMRS
Photo of A study site in the Tahoe National Forest, eight years after prescribed fire. USDA Forest Service.
ID: 764
Scientists Assess Effectiveness of Fuels Reduction Treatments in California

Fuel treatments are used to abate undesirable fire behavior and effects. Short-term effectiveness of fuel treatments to alter fire behavior and ...

Principal Investigator : Nicole M. Vaillant

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015PNW
Photo of Outputs from the Landscape Treatment Designer showing planning area priorities for treating ecological departure (A) versus wildfire transmission to the urban interface (B) for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon. The program can quickly prioritize planning areas and perform trade-off analysis between alternative restoration scenarios. USDA Forest Service
ID: 827
The Landscape Treatment Designer Leads to Optimal Restoration Scenarios

The Landscape Treatment Designer can be used at a range of scales to prioritize management activities and understand policy tradeoffs associated ...

Principal Investigator : Alan Ager

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2015PNW
Photo of Lab experiment showing flame wall apparatus, sensor placement and close-up of turbulent eddies intersecting the heat flux sensor and thermocouple arrays. Forest Service
ID: 392
Understanding the physical processes of fire spread

The latest research suggests a completely new approach to understanding and modeling the spread of forest fires - creating new opportunities for ...

Principal Investigator : Mark A. Finney

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of
ID: 275
Whitebark Pine Management Guide Published

Don't expect the Clark's nutcracker, a jay-size bird named for the Lewis and Clark expedition's William Clark, to save the declining whitebark p ...

Principal Investigator : Colin C. Hardy

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS