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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

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

2021 - present
RMC is working to deliver operational (real-time) 5-km resolution 3-D weather forecast fields going out to 7 days for ConUS using the WRF mesoscale model. RMC is currently producing 4-day fire-weather forecasts at 4-km resolution for ConUS that are… more
Contact(s): Ned Nikolov

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
A new fuel loading sampling method is developed to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for six surface fuel components using downward-looking and oblique photographs depicting sequences of graduated fuel loadings by fuel component.  Estimates… 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

This project is designed to assist forest managers and field crews in accurately assessing post-fire crown injury and recovery in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa). Due to its fire-resistant properties, ponderosa pine crowns may be scorched without… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

2015 - 2018
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 of ponderosa pine forests in the northern… 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

Delayed Tree Mortality Following Fire in Western Conifers Accurate prediction of post-fire tree mortality is critical for making sound land management decisions such as developing burning prescriptions and post-fire salvage marking guidelines.… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

Fires are widespread in prairies globally. Fire often perpetuates grasslands by counteracting tree encroachment, yet there is often little record of this fire preserved in the grasslands. Fortunately adjacent woodlands can contain long-lived tree… more

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

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (hereafter: Cohesive Strategy) mandates the restoration and maintenance of landscapes, with the goal that “landscapes across all jurisdictions are resilient to fire-related disturbances in… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

In the United States, outdoor target shooting has been suspected as the source of numerous wildland fires. The ammunition involved in most incidents is thought to be of ordinary commercial varieties with bullets composed of inert materials including… more
Contact(s): Mark Finney

Evaluating effects of various prescribed burning and silvicultural techniques used for restoring whitebark pine ecosystems (RWPE) The loss of whitebark pine is serious for upper subalpine ecosystems because it is considered a keystone species… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary

Obtaining Integrated, Quality-assured Fuels, Fire, and Atmospheric Data for Development and Evaluation of Fuels, Fire Behavior, Smoke, and Fire Effects Models The lack of co-located, multi-scale measures of pre-fire fuels, active fire processes,… more
Contact(s): Daniel Jimenez

2017- present
The USDA Forest Service Scenario Investment Planning Platform was developed by Forest Service Research & Development to help the agency modernize its approach to prioritizing land management investments. The system can be used to model spatially… more
Contact(s): Alan Ager, Michelle Day

This project responds to the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)’s FY 2020 Statement of Need: “DoD WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT RESEARCH FOR IMPROVED MILITARY LAND USE”, for which the overarching objective was “to improve… more
Contact(s): Russell Parsons