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Cohen, Jack

Retired, Research Physical Scientist
Employee Role: 
Research Scientist, Retired-FS

RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 US Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

Personal Summary: 

Jack Cohen is a Research Physical Scientist for the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. Jack has been involved in wildland fire research since the early 1970's and has served at U.S. Forest Service fire laboratories in Missoula, MT, Riverside, CA, and Macon, GA. He was a co-developer of the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System and has contributed to the development of U.S. fire behavior prediction systems. At the Riverside Forest Fire Laboratory, he conducted research on live fuel fire behavior in southern California shrublands (chaparral) and also served operationally as a prescribed fire ignition supervisor and fire behavior analyst. For most of two decades, Jack focused his research on how wildland-urban fire disasters occur and how homes ignite during extreme wildfires. He was one of the principal scientists involved in the International Crown Fire Modeling Experiment, Northwest Territories, where he investigated the thermal characteristics of crown fires related to structure ignitions and fire spread. Jack currently focuses his research on the fire dynamics related to live shrub and tree canopy fire behavior (active crown fires) and continues a portion of his time revealing opportunities for preventing wildland-urban fire disasters.

Modified: Nov 03, 2020