US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Jason M. Forthofer

Mechanical Engineer
5775 Highway 10 West
United States

Phone: 406-329-4874
Fax: 406-329-4877
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Current Research

My research involves numerical, field and laboratory studies of heat transfer and fluid flow relating to wildland fires. This includes microscale wind flow modeling in complex terrain and development of fire behavior understanding and modeling.

Research Interests

My research interests are related to heat transfer and fluid dynamics in wildland fires. Specific areas include wind flow in complex terrain, firefighter safety zones, fire whirls, numerical modeling, and fire behavior.

Past Research

My research is important to on-the-ground firefighters and fire managers for several reasons, including firefighter safety, better planning and management, and cost savings.

Why This Research is Important

My past work includes development of two microscale wind models (WindNInja and WindWizard), safety zone size guidelines, development of field sensor instrumentation and deployment, and numerical heat transfer models.


  • Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, B.A. Mechanical Engineering 2001
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, M.S. Forest Science 2007

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Last updated on : 10/28/2020