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Wildland fire potential: A tool for assessing wildfire risk and fuels management needs

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2015
Federal wildfire managers often want to know, over large landscapes, where wildfires are likely to occur and how intense they may be. To meet this need we developed a map that we call wildland fire potential (WFP) - a raster geospatial product that can help to inform evaluations of wildfire risk or prioritization of fuels management needs across very large spatial scales (millions of acres).

How fuel treatment types, locations, and amounts impact landscape-scale fire behavior and carbon dynamics

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2015
When managing for fire across a large landscape, the types of fuel treatments, the locations of treatments, and the percentage of the landscape being treated should all interact to impact not only potential fire size, but also carbon dynamics across that landscape.

An exploration of warfighting and firefighting doctrine

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2015
Over the past two decades, wildland fire professionals have been confronted with worsening conditions and complex challenges that cry out for change and new ways of thinking. However, change requires a framework within which people reliably translate policy into timely, effective action.

Vegetation clearance distances to prevent wildland fire caused damage to telecommunication and power transmission infrastructure

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2015
Towers and poles supporting power transmission and telecommunication lines have collapsed due to heating from wildland fires. Such occurrences have led to interruptions in power or communication in large municipal areas with associated social and political implications as well as increased immediate danger to humans.

Recent findings relating to firefighter safety zones

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2015
Designation of safety zones is a primary duty of all wildland firefighters. Unfortunately, information regarding what constitutes an adequate safety zone is inadequately defined. Measurements of energy release from wildland fires have been used to develop an empirically based safety zone guideline. The basis for this work is described here.

Conflicting short and long-term management goals: Fire effects in endangered golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) habitat

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2015
Decades of fire suppression have significantly altered the vegetation structure and composition of savannas, woodlands, and forests. The presence of endangered species and other species of conservation concern in these fire-suppressed systems makes re-introducing fire more challenging.

Between a rock and a hard place: Toward a more effective protection strategy as wildfire threats intensify

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2015
In an era when preparedness budgets have never been higher, when cooperation between partners has never been better, when predictive models have never been more sophisticated, and when technological support has never been more available ... we are suffering from the worst wildfires since America organized to eliminate the large fire problem at the turn of the last century.

Proceedings of the large wildland fires conference; May 19-23, 2014; Missoula, MT

Publications Posted on: August 31, 2015
Large fires or "megafires" have been a major topic in wildland fire research and management for over a decade. There is great debate regarding the impacts of large fires. Many believe that they (1) are occurring too frequently, (2) are burning abnormally large areas, (3) cause uncharacteristically adverse ecological harm, and (4) must be suppressed at all costs.

Data product containing litterfall, decomposition, and leaf area index data for "Surface Fuel Litterfall and Decomposition in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA"

Datasets Posted on: August 27, 2015
This data publication contains the collected field data for the following publication: "Surface Fuel Litterfall and Decomposition in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA" by Robert E. Keane (see Cross-Reference section in the metadata document).

Atlas of digital polygon fire extents for Idaho and western Montana (1889-2003)

Datasets Posted on: August 27, 2015
This coverage includes fire perimeters recorded in polygon coverages acquired from 12 National Forests and two National Parks as described in the Data Set Credit section. It includes 5,666 fire polygons recorded from an area covering 13,839,584 hectares that include 44% of Idaho, Montana west of the Continental Divide, and Yellowstone National Park.

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