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Fire Severity (FIRESEV) Mapping Project delivers information for all phases of fire management

Date: October 05, 2015


Background

Wildland fire burns with a mosaic of fire severity on the landscape, including patches of high severity fire.
Wildland fire burns with a mosaic of fire severity on the landscape, including patches of high severity fire.
Measuring fire severity involves measurements like acres burned or amount of canopy consumed that are fairly easy to collect after fire, providing information on what a fire has done to the landscape. However, statistics for area burned are not always useful to managers. When wildfire spreads through an area, it also creates a mosaic that includes patches experiencing low-, medium-, and high-severity fires. Land managers often need the total number of acres burned broken down by these severity classes for planning after wildfire.

Key Findings

To meet this need, Forest Service scientists and their cooperators developed the Fire Severity (FIRESEV) Mapping project, a comprehensive set of tools and procedures that create, evaluate, and deliver fire severity maps for all phases of fire management. Output includes real-time forecasts and assessments in wildfire situations, wildfire rehabilitation efforts, and long-term planning. These products help managers understand burn potential in the western U.S. and provide guidance on the ecological effects of burn severity.

Visit the Fire Lab website for additional information of FIRESEV here.

Featured Publications

Morgan, Penelope ; Keane II, Robert E. ; Dillon, Gregory K. ; Jain, Terrie B. ; Hudak, Andrew T. ; Karau, Eva C. ; Sikkink, Pamela G. ; Holden, Zachery A. ; Strand, Eva K. , 2014
Karau, Eva C. ; Sikkink, Pamela G. ; Keane II, Robert E. ; Dillon, Gregory K. , 2014
Keane II, Robert E. ; Dillon, Gregory K. ; Drury, Stacy ; Innes, Robin J. ; Morgan, Penny ; Lutes, Duncan C. ; Prichard, Susan J. ; Smith, Jane ; Strand, Eva , 2014
Miller, Sue ; Keane II, Robert E. ; Morgan, Penny ; Sikkink, Pamela G. ; Karau, Eva C. ; Dillon, Gregory K. , 2013
Sikkink, Pamela G. ; Keane II, Robert E. , 2012
Dillon, Gregory K. ; Holden, Zachery A. ; Morgan, Penelope ; Crimmins, Michael A. ; Heyerdahl, Emily K. ; Luce, Charles H. , 2011


National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels
National Priority Research Areas: 
Forest Disturbances
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Fire Sciences
Geography: 
National
Forest Service Partners: 
Eva C. Karau, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Zachary A. Holden, Northern Region
Theresa B. Jain, Northern Region
Andrew T. Hudak, Rocky Mountain Research Station
External Partners: 
Penelope Morgan, University of Idaho
Eva K. Strand, University of Idaho
Michael A. Crimmins, University of Arizona
Emily K. Heyerdahl, University of Arizona
Susan J. Prichard, University of Washington
Stacy Drury, Sonoma Technology, Inc.,