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Larry S. Bradshaw

Outrunning a storm in the Big Hole


5775 US West Highway 10
Missoula, MT 59808
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Current Research

  • Technical support the National Fire Danger Rating System
  • Project manager for the FireFamilyPlus
  • Integrating new research into fire danger/fire behavior products
  • Application of climatology to fire management problems

Research Interests

Fire Danger Rating Decision Support

Past Research

Supports Forest Service Mission Fire Fighter Situational Awareness

Why This Research is Important

Same as current.


  • University of Utah, B.S., Meteorology, 1975
  • Featured Publications


    Butler, Bret W.; Wagenbrenner, Natalie S.; Forthofer, Jason M.; Lamb, B. K.; Shannon, K. S.; Finn, D.; Eckman, R. M.; Clawson, K.; Bradshaw, Larry S.; Sopko, Paul A.; Beard, S.; Jimenez, Daniel M.; Wold, Cyle E.; Vosburgh, Mark G., 2015. High-resolution observations of the near-surface wind field over an isolated mountain and in a steep river canyon
    Forthofer, Jason M.; Butler, Bret W.; McHugh, Charles W.; Finney, Mark A.; Bradshaw, Larry S.; Stratton, Richard D.; Shannon, Kyle S.; Wagenbrenner, Natalie S., 2014. A comparison of three approaches for simulating fine-scale surface winds in support of wildland fire management. Part II. An exploratory study of the effect of simulated winds on fire growth simulations
    Graham, Russell T.; Finney, Mark A.; McHugh, Chuck; ; Calkin, Dave E.; Stratton, Rick; Bradshaw, Larry S.; Nikolov, Nedialko T., 2012. Fourmile Canyon Fire Findings
    Hoadley, Jeanne L.; Westrick, Ken; Ferguson, Sue a.; Goodrick, Scott L.; Bradshaw, Larry S.; Wreth, Paul, 2004. The effect of model resolution in predicting meteorological parameters used in fire danger rating
    Hoadley, Jeanne; Rorig, Miriam; Westrick, Ken; Bradshaw, Larry S.; Ferguson, Sue; Goodrick, Scott; Werth, Paul, 2003. Assessing the value of increased model resolution in forecasting fire danger
    Finney, Mark A.; Bartlette, Roberta; Bradshaw, Larry S.; Close, Kelly; Collins, Brandon M.; Gleason, Paul; Hao, Wei Min; Langowski, Paul; McGinely, John; McHugh, Charles W.; Martinson, Erik; Omi, Phillip N.; Shepperd, Wayne; Zeller, Karl, 2003. Fire behavior, fuel treatments, and fire suppression on the Hayman Fire
    Bradshaw, Larry S.; McCormick, Erin, 2000. FireFamily Plus user's guide, Version 2.0
    Butler, Bret W.; Bartlette, Roberta A.; Bradshaw, Larry S.; ; Andrews, Patricia L.; Putnam, Ted; Mangan, Richard J., 1998. fire behavior associated with the 1994 South Canyon fire on Storm King Mountain, Colorado
    Bradshaw, Larry S.; Deeming, John E.; Burgan, Robert E.; , 1984. The 1978 National Fire-Danger Rating System: technical documentation
    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 area. In 2014, RMRS fire danger rating system developers sought and gained approval to update the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS).