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In IMAGINING FIRE FUTURES, students in a high school or college class use model results to develop a vision of the future for Flathead County, Montana. This is a rural area in the northern Rocky Mountains where more than half of the landscape is… more
Contact(s): Ilana Abrahamson

An integrated study investigating effects of mastication fuel treatments on fuel and fire behavior. Many land management agencies are exploring a wide variety of fuel treatments to lower fire intensities and severities and to restore ecosystems to… more
Contact(s): Helen Smith

Fine particulate matter, also called PM2.5, is an air pollutant with significant public health impacts that is regulated under the federal Clean Air Act and is the primary air pollutant of concern across much of the western United States. PM2.5… more
Contact(s): Shawn Urbanski

Researchers have worked to assess the impacts of biomass reduction in high-risk areas such as the wildland/urban interface where treatments are intended to minimize the risk of wildfire behavior, allow for more effective suppression, and reduce… more
Contact(s): Erin Noonan-Wright

An overview of LANDFIRE organization, processes, and products. LANDFIRE produces consistent national-level, landscape-scale geospatial products to support fire and fuels management planning, analysis, and budgeting to evaluate fire management… more

Development of the tools, protocols, methods, and data products for the National LANDFIRE Project. Geospatial data describing wildland fuel and current as well as historical vegetation conditions are essential for planning, implementing, and… more
Contact(s): Greg Dillon

Scoping for comprehensive decadal remapping in order capture gradual, cumulative, and broad-scale changes for the entire LANDFIRE mapping area has begun. This remap will capture changes due to drought, invasive species, vegetation succession,… more

Wildland fires are a common global ecosystem disturbance and they spread through a combination of living and dead vegetation. Historically, research on fuel ignition and fire behavior characteristics has focused on dead fuels that are easily… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

2004-2005. Updated 2013
Students use this program to examine the effects of weather and fuels on potential fire behavior in a ponderosa pine forest of the northern Rocky Mountains. "Living with Fire” is an educational game that puts a student (ages 10 and up) in the place… more
Contact(s): Ilana Abrahamson

Lodgepole pine-dominated forest is the third most extensive forest type in western North America, covering 15 million acres in the western United States. Over much of this extensive range, surprisingly little is known about historical fire regimes.… more
Contact(s): Helen Smith

Using Silvicultural Treatments and Prescribed Burning to Restore Multi-aged Lodgepole Pine Forests Lodgepole pine is one of the most widely distributed conifers in North America. The adaptations of lodgepole pine to severe, stand-replacement fire–… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

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

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): Alan Ager

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

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

Wildland fires emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and ozone precursors which have significant negative effects on public health at multiple scales. In order to mitigate these impacts, state agencies require daily air… more
Contact(s): Shawn Urbanski

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

Climate Drivers of Fire in the Northern Rockies: Past, Present and Future Forest fires were widespread throughout the US northern Rocky Mountains during the regional-fire years of 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2007. However, until recently there was… more
Contact(s): Emily Heyerdahl