Bret Butler

Research Mechanical Engineer
(406) 239-3665

Research Topics

  • Quantifying Energy Transport
  • Surface Wind Modeling in Support of Fire Management
  • Improving Firefighter Safety
  • Fire-Induced Effects

Personal Summary

Bret's research focuses on fundamental heat and combustion processes in wildland fire. Applications for his research include fire behavior models, links between fire behavior and effects, and firefighter safety. He came to the Forest Service in 1992 after receiving a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University, where he studied energy transport in particle laden flames.

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