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Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Application Program

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The Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Application Program (WFM RD&A) was initiated in 2007 to provide exemplary fire science integration and wildland fire management support to management agencies and partners. We sponsor and guide the development and application of wildland scientific knowledge, develop decision support tools, and provide science application services to the interagency wildland fire community.

Wildland Fire Decision Support

A wildfire burning through loblolly pine in Georgia in 2007 (photo compliments of Georgia Forestry Commission Archive, Bugwood.org).
A wildfire burning through loblolly pine in Georgia in 2007 (photo compliments of Georgia Forestry Commission Archive, Bugwood.org).
Working collaboratively with you and your staff, the WFM RD&A staff can provide real-time wildland fire decision support that considers incident-specific fire behavior, values at risk, performance, and decision analysis. Outcomes will include improved risk-informed strategic and tactical decision making for wildland fires, reduced firefighter and aviation exposure, improvements in the science behind large-fire decisionmaking, and improved capability to manage large fire expenditures.

Contact us directly for incident analysis and decision content support at (208) 473-8107.

Fuels and Fire Ecology

The fuels management focus area for the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Application Program is centered on the development, management and implementation of the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS). The IFTDSS application is accompanied and complimented by technology transfer of relevant and related fuels management tools and information and the development of training materials in a blended learning environment. 

Continued collaboration with the Fuels Management and Interagency Fire Planning Committees of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group to develop and offer a Fire Planning and Fuels Management Resource Portal will further the goal of providing a technology transfer connection to link the field to information and resources that are timely and relevant to their given location and agency affiliation. This effort is under construction and feedback is welcome.

Weather and Climatology

The WFM RD&A works with several entities involved with various aspects of research around climate, weather, air quality, and smoke monitoring and modeling. The Rocky Mountain Center is housed within the WFM RD&A team. It provides weather support for wildland fire operations, prescribed burns, and air resource management. Examples of support include observed weather, forecast weather, and applications such as smoke forecasts, fire danger rating indices, and fire behavior model ready data.

The WFM RD&A has also partnered with Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station's AirFire Team, the Desert Research Institute's Center for Fire Ecological Applications, and Sonoma Technology, Inc. to create the Wildland Fire Air Quality Tools Portal. The Wildland Fire Air Quality Tools Portal provides tools to the wildland fire user community including current air quality information, smoke forecasts and modeling of smoke impacts, climatological air quality data, and more.

WFM RD&A Tools

Fire Planning and Fuels Management Resource Portal
Fire Planning and Fuels Management Resource Portal
Wildland Fire Air Quality Tools Portal
Wildland Fire Air Quality Tools Portal

WFM RD&A Staff

Staff with the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application Program.
Staff with the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application Program.
WFM RD&A is comprised of 19 Fire Application and Technology Transfer Specialists that provide a tangible link between fire management and research. The interagency, virtual staff is located in five states in the American West and represents the five federal land management agencies: the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With personal interests as diverse as their fire management skillsets, employees have a combined 300+ years of fire management experience and have represented each of the federal agencies and geographic areas in their collective careers.

Tim Sexton is the Program Manager for the WFM RD&A stationed in Boise, Idaho. His responsibilities include management of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System as well as facilitating technology transfer of new science associated with wildland fire to the field. Lisa Elenz is the Deputy Program Manager for the WFM RD&A out of Boise, Idaho, and Tami Parkinson is the Lead Fire Application Specialist out of McCall, Idaho.

  • Primary Point of Contact / On Call Coordinator - (208) 473-8107

  • Meet the Staff

Partners

The Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Application Program is an inter-agency effort supported by many partners, including:

  • USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Fire & Aviation Management;
  • Department of the Interior National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey;
  • USDA and Department of the Interior LANDFIRE; and
  • Wildland Fire Science Partnership (Universities of Montana and Idaho and the Rocky Mountain Research Station)

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National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels
RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Fire Sciences
Geography: 
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