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FireFamily+ (FF+) is a software package used to calculate fuel moistures and indices from the US National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) using hourly or daily fire weather observations primarily from Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS).… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

Perhaps one of the most critical decisions made by firefighters during daily fire management operations is the identification of suitable safety zones. As a consequence of 11 firefighters being killed on the Inaja Fire in 1957, the U.S. Forest… more
Contact(s): Jason Forthofer

Mapping fire hazard and risk across multiple spatial scales. This project involves the development of a research computer model called FIREHARM (FIRE HAzard and Risk Model) that computes common measures of fire behavior, fire danger, and fire… more
Contact(s): Lisa Holsinger

FIREMON: Fire Effects Monitoring and Inventory System is an agency independent plot level sampling system designed to characterize changes in ecosystem attributes over time.  The system consists of a sampling strategy manual, standardized sampling… more
Contact(s): Duncan Lutes

Northern Eurasia covers 20% of the global land mass and contains 70% of the boreal forest. During certain times of the year, black carbon (BC) in smoke plumes in high latitudes may be transported and deposited on Arctic ice and accelerate ice… more
Contact(s): Wei Min Hao

A fire severity mapping system for real time fire management application and long-term planning. FIRESEV (FIRE SEVerity Mapping Tools) is a comprehensive set of tools and protocols to deliver, create, and evaluate fire severity maps for all phases… more
Contact(s): Greg Dillon

Often fires are managed to support or reduce the presence of specific plant species or sizes.  FireStem is a computer model designed to aid fire managers in predicting tree mortality based on fire behavior and intensity. FireStem was designed to… more
Contact(s): Daniel Jimenez

Image FireWorks is an educational program about the science of wildland fire, designed for students in grades 1-12. FireWorks provides students with interactive, hands-on materials to study wildland… more

Experimental evidence now shows that flame impingement is required for ignition of fine fuel particles responsible for the spread of wildland fires. However, the characteristics of the non-steady flame zone that produce convective heating of fuel… more
Contact(s): Mark Finney

Image FlamMap is a fire analysis desktop application that runs in a 64-bit Windows Operating System environment. It can simulate potential fire behavior characteristics (spread rate, flame length,… more

Evaluating the ecological benefits of wildfire by integrating fire and ecosystem simulation models The accumulation of canopy and surface fuels, coupled with a general warming of the climate, have contributed to an increase in the frequency,… more
Contact(s): Eva Karau

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FOFEM (a First Order Fire Effects Model) is a computer program for predicting tree mortality, fuel consumption, smoke production, and soil heating caused by prescribed fire or wildfire. First order fire effects are those that concern the direct… more

Analyzing the ‘Spring Dip’ in Foliar Moisture Content and Its Relationship to Crown Fire Activity in the Great Lakes Both firefighters and fire scientists have observed a period of peak crown fire activity in the Great Lakes area during spring when… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

Within the Fort Huachuca military installation in southeastern Arizona, there are 11 Protected Activity Centers (PACs) identified for the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl. The PACs include a variety of vegetation types including multi-storied conifer… more

Exploring surface and canopy fuel characteristics at the particle, layer, and fuelbed levels across major forest ecosystem types of the US northern Rocky Mountains. The research project FPARDY (Fuel PARticle DYnamics), is a multifaceted study to… more

Quantitative wildfire risk analysis requires complete geospatial coverage of fire impact probabilities and sizes. Wildfire simulation is the primary means of estimating these, including the frequency distribution of large fire events. FSim simulates… more

Examining fuel particle heat exchange experimentally and through the use of numerical modeling. Modelers of wildland fire spread have assumed how fuel particle heat exchange occurs during fire spread without the benefit of experimental evidence.… more
Contact(s): Mark Finney

FuelCalc is a desktop software application for determining changes in surface and crown fuel loading after thinning, pruning, piling and/or prescribed fire. Ground, surface, and canopy fuel characteristics serve as essential inputs to computer… more

Monitoring surface and canopy fuel conditions after stand-replacing disturbance events in northern Rocky Mountain ecosystems. It is generally assumed that severe disturbances predispose damaged forests to high fire hazard by creating heavy fuel… more
Contact(s): Chris Stalling

Measuring surface fuel litterfall and decomposition in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA Fire exclusion policies and the successful fire suppression program across western United States and Canadian landscapes over the last 70 years have resulted… more
Contact(s): Chris Stalling

We are developing a product and methodology that allows rapid assessment of fuels and potential fire hazard in forests impacted by the non-native balsam woolly adelgid (BWA) to better protect and improve the health of western America’s high-… more

Describing the spatial variability of wildland fuel properties. Wildland fuels are important to fire managers because they can be manipulated to achieve management goals, such as restoring ecosystems, decreasing fire intensity, minimizing plant… more

Current operational fire behavior models are empirically based on fire spread through surface fuels and do not describe heating and combustion processes. Current physical models describe fire spread processes; however, the fire spread processes of… more

Restoring whitebark pine in the face of climate change Whitebark pine forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the exotic… more
Contact(s): Lisa Holsinger

Diameter and height release of small whitebark pine trees ten years after two daylighting treatments Whitebark pine forests have been declining throughout its range in North America due to increasing populations and spread of mountain pine beetle… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary