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2013 - present
This project examined natural and human drivers of wildfires in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl explosion. This project investigated the issue of radionuclide resuspension from wildland fires in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear power… more
Contact(s): Alan Ager, Michelle Day

2016 - present
Long-term restoration synergies between wildfire and forest management on fire frequent landscapes. Our objective was to examine whether accelerated management can maintain or promote desired ecological conditions under potential future fire… more
Contact(s): Michelle Day

2017- present
The Forest Vegetation Simulator was integrated with the FSim wildfire simulation model to conduct research on long term management and wildfire feedbacks. Forest landscape models (FLMs) are important tools used to address a wide range of forest… more
Contact(s): Alan Ager, Michelle Day

Fire frequency in low-elevation coniferous forests in western North America has greatly declined since the late 1800s. In many areas, this has increased tree density and the proportion of shade- tolerant species, reduced resource availability, and… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

2017 - present
The research being performed through multidisciplinary collaboration efforts at TNC’s Sycan Marsh Preserve in Oregon is providing much needed data for fuel mapping efforts by linking surface fuel datasets with TLS and UAS data pre, during, and post-… more
Contact(s): Russell Parsons

Surface fuel characteristics, temporal dynamics, and fire behavior of masticated mixed-conifer fuelbeds of the Rocky Mountains Mastication is a wildland fuel treatment technique that is rapidly becoming popular with fire managers for fire hazard… more
Contact(s): Pamela Sikkink

Wildfires are a major source of air pollutants in the United States. Wildfire smoke can trigger severe pollution episodes with substantial impacts on public health. In addition to acute episodes, wildfires can have a marginal effect on air quality… more
Contact(s): Shawn Urbanski

Quantifying the Potential Effects of Mountain Pine Beetle on Wildland Fire Behavior Many areas of the Rocky Mountain West continue to be affected by the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) due, in part, to single-age stands and warmer… more

NFDRS applications involve two steps: a historical analysis to set appropriate fire danger breakpoints and an operational system to provide NFDRS fuel moistures and indices in real-time. Historical analyses are performed by combining fire weather… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

A wildfire risk assessment for the conterminous United States Working with the Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management program, the Fire Modeling Institute (FMI) has been working toward completing a wildfire risk assessment for all National… more
Contact(s): Greg Dillon

In the spring of 2010, the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory replaced over 3,500 square feet of lawn with native prairie. Implementation was possible through a Sustainable Operations Microgrant from the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the hard… more
Contact(s): Faith Ann Heinsch

RMC is developing a system of statistical weather-based models for forecasting wildland fire potential & fire risk out to 7-10 days on a uniform national grid. The development of this gridded system of predictive equations has been planned to… more
Contact(s): Ned Nikolov

Radial thinning is designed to reduce mortality and improve vigor of old trees while still maintaining high forest cover at the stand level. Radial thinning removes trees in a “doughnut” around focal trees, leaving areas in between these trees… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

Peatlands occupy vast areas of the globe. Northern peatlands cover roughly 7 million square miles or approximately 16 percent of the world’s land surface. Most are found in Russia (60 percent) and Canada (30 percent), but they also cover roughly 120… more
Contact(s): Jim Reardon

2005 - present
The Photoload method is a fuel sampling method  to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for surface fuel components using downward-looking and oblique photographs depicting sequences of graduated fuel loadings by fuel component.  Estimates of… more
Contact(s): Chris Stalling

Understanding the Physics of Fire Spread To better understand how wildland fire spreads under various conditions, the National Fire Decision Support Center, a collaborative effort between U.S. Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management and… more

1991 - current
See: A Century of Change in a Ponderosa Pine Forest for more information about the Historical Photopoints in the Lick Creek Drainage. Lick Creek is the longest running fuel treatment and restoration study in the western United States. The study… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

Assessing ponderosa pine mortality in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area after successive fires Over 14 Years Decades of fire exclusion across western US landscapes has resulted in altered fire regimes and atypical fuel conditions. After the… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary

Predictive mapping of extreme wildfire disasters presents a daunting challenge to the field of risk and hazard science.  Wildfire risk to developed areas is the cumulative product of complex interacting factors including spatiotemporal patterns of… more
Contact(s): Alan Ager, Michelle Day

We are creating tools to inform post-fire decisions that predict post-fire growth rates and mortality levels due to fire alone or fire+beetle for ponderosa pine (PP) and Douglas-fir (DF). The models in the tools will account for tree size, fire… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

Laboratory and Airborne Experiments to Characterize Emissions from Prescribed Burning in the United States Prescribed fires are fires that are intentionally ignited to meet specific management objectives such as wildfire hazard reduction or… more
Contact(s): Shawn Urbanski

Trees have numerous defenses to ward off attacks from insects and pathogens. One major defense is resin, which acts as both a physical and chemical defense. In pine species, resin is produced and stored in specialized structures called resin ducts… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

The RMRS Rocky Mountain Center (RMC) developed a comprehensive georeferenced model for predicting wildfire starts out to 7 days based on forecast weather and data on vegetation cover and recent drought history. The fire-management community had a… more
Contact(s): Ned Nikolov

The ecological, economic and health and safety concerns surrounding wildland fires are driving the need to better understand climate-fire interactions. One component of climate-fire interactions is the relationship between weather conditions… more

Mitigating old tree mortality in long-unburned, fire-dependent forests Forest managers around the country have expressed concerns about large-diameter and old tree mortality when prescribed burning in long-unburned forests. This project developed a… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood