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WindNinja: A Weather Station in Your Pocket

The WindNinja tool, developed by FFS Mechanical Engineer Jason Forthofer and Research Mechanical
Engineer Bret Butler, is featured in a recent blog on the TracPlus website.

Modified: May 31, 2019

Fire Lab Hosts Moroccan High Commission

In mid-April, the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory hosted three fire specialists from Morocco’s High Commission on Water, Forests, and Combating Desertification for a one-week study tour.

Modified: May 31, 2019

Missoula Fire Sciences Lab Virtual Field Trip

NOVA Education features Sara McAllister and Mark Finney in a live streaming session with students. See this on YouTube

Modified: May 28, 2019

Wildfire escape routes?

Bret Butler and team are highlighted in the High Country News article "Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that".

Modified: May 24, 2019

FSim – Mapping The U.S. Wildfire Hazard at a National Scale

Mark Finney, Karen Short and Greg Dillon are featured in Michael Archer's, tracplus, article on FSIM in his latest online article.

Modified: May 21, 2019

Inside the Megafire

Scientists investigate what was behind the deadly megafires that swept through California in 2018.

Modified: May 10, 2019

Prescribed Burns Fight Fire With Fire

Prescribed Burns Fight Fire With Fire, But Face Obstacles: "Wildfire season is around the corner in the Mountain West. Prescribed burns are just one way to reduce wildfire risk."

Modified: May 10, 2019

The missing fire

New publication: The missing fire: quantifying human exclusion of wildfire in Pacific Northwest forests, USA

Modified: Apr 29, 2019

Creating a fire tornado

Montana lab seeks to unlock the mysteries of wildfire. Researchers hope their work will help firefighters make decisions when battling blazes.

Modified: Apr 29, 2019

NFDRS Highlighted

Michael Archer highlights the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) and Matt Jolly in his blog on TracPlus. See the full article at

Modified: Mar 28, 2019