Boots on the Ground

Many scientists from the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke program are intimately involved with various aspects of fire management, including both prescribed fires and wildfires. Not only do these activities provide operational experience and the opportunity to observe fire in many different vegetation types but often stimulates research collaboration between FFS and the field. This last year, FFS employees worked on lands managed by the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service (USFS), Colville Agency, Yakama Agency, State of Idaho, State of Alaska, and the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association.

Boots on the Ground - view our interactive map to see where staff participated in prescribed fire and wildland fire activities throughout the United States from 2015-2018.


clockwise from upper left: Dan Jimenez assists with a prescribed burn in Georgia pine forests.; A prescribed fire is lit from the road in the burn unit. Elliot Conrad also assists with the burns.
(Credit: Matt Jolly)