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Since 2008, the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program has worked with the University of Montana, the University of Idaho, and the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Wildland Fire Management RD&A Program in a University-Forest Service partnership… more
Contact(s): Thomas Dzomba

Soil heating and fire effects resulting from in situ oil spill burning. When petroleum is spilled on land, clean up can be difficult. Sites may be inaccessible to mechanical containment, recovery, and clean up, and the equipment may cause… more
Contact(s): Jim Reardon

Both firefighters and fire scientists have observed a period of peak crown fire activity in the Great Lakes area during spring when a dip in foliar moisture content occurs. For decades, the cause and timing of this ‘dip’ have been poorly understood… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

Wildland fires are a major source of pollutants resulting in both air quality impacts and climate interactions. Wildland fire smoke can trigger severe pollution episodes with substantial effects on public health and fire emissions can degrade air… more
Contact(s): Shawn Urbanski

Designing fuel sampling methods that accurately and efficiently assesses fuel loads at relevant spatial scales requires knowledge of each sample method’s strengths and tradeoffs. Few studies have evaluated sampling methods as to their effectiveness… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary

There is a lack of high resolution measurements of wind speed and direction with which to test wind model accuracy.  This project is directed at collecting needed data sets in mountainous terrain. Wind predictions in complex terrain are important… more

2002 - ongoing
High resolution surface wind modeling in support of fire management Wind can be the dominant environmental variable affecting wildland fire intensity and spread. When fire is burning in mountainous terrain, winds can vary widely in speed and… more

1996 - present
Monitoring wildland fuel characteristics on a 330 m grid across the entire TCEF. Most ecological studies fail to account for ecosystem response and its variability over large space and long time scales. Impacts of many disturbances and management… more

For a more indepth overview, see our TCEF Story Map. The Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest (TCEF) encompasses the headwaters of Tenderfoot Creek in the Little Belt mountains of central Montana.TCEF is uniquely suited to study lodgepole pine… more
Contact(s): Russell Parsons

Using destructive samplings methods and a Leica BLK360 terrestrial lidar scanner (TLS), we measured and scanned 20 small diameter trees. We then compare our lab-based results to the 3D quantitative structure model output retrieved from inputting our… more
Contact(s): Russell Parsons

Prioritizing forest and fuel management investments to reduce wildfire risk to developed areas The Fireshed Registry is a geospatial dashboard and decision tool built in ArcGIS online.  It provides an interactive system to view a wide array of… more
Contact(s): Alan Ager, Michelle Day

Image The impetus for the wildland fire meta-review were the fatalities that occurred in the 2015 Twisp River wildfire. The Twisp River Fire Fatalities and Entrapments Learning Review recommended that the… more
Contact(s): Jim Gumm

Many native fish, such as bull trout and cutthroat trout, evolved with fire, and their populations are resilient to fire’s effects if their habitat is otherwise unaffected, or if fish from nearby, robust populations have freedom of movement. This… more
Contact(s): Lisa Holsinger

Machine learning matched forest plot data with biophysical characteristics of the landscape to produce a seamless tree-level forest map. A map of the location, size, and species of every tree in the forests of the United States would be useful for… more
Contact(s): Karin Riley

A Spatial Database of U.S. Wildfires Wildfire occurrence records provide baseline information that is essential for wildfire management and research in the United States. However, there are multiple federal, state, and local entities with wildfire… more
Contact(s): Karen Short

Fire regimes & forest structure of Utah & eastern Nevada: A multi-scale history from tree rings Before this project, Utah and eastern Nevada lacked dendrochronologically crossdated, site-specific fire and vegetation histories that provide… more

Whitebark pine populations are declining across their entire range due to the combined effects of mountain pine beetle, whitebark pine blister rust, and changing fire regimes. This species is incredibly important for ecosystem diversity as well as… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary

2014 - 2018
Documenting trends in growth, regeneration, and mortality of whitebark pine: a climate perspective Upper subalpine whitebark pine forests are rapidly declining throughout western North America because of the interacting and cumulative effects of… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary

The U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is used by all federal and most state fire management agencies for assessing seasonal fire severity across the nation. The application that hosts the NFDRS is the Washington Office Fire and… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

Whitebark pine encroachment into lower elevation sagebrush grasslands in southwest Montana, USA Projections for future whitebark pine habitat under changing climate conditions predominantly predict that the species will have a smaller ecological… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary

Western spruce budworm outbreaks are often decades long in the interior West and defoliate extensive areas, which could give a visual impression that trees are dead and a serious fire hazard. However, their impact on fire behavior is poorly… more
Contact(s): Russell Parsons

Wildfires burning in mesic mixed-conifer forests provide an opportunity to understand fire-induced tree mortality and subsequent regeneration dynamics. The Grizzly and Tower wildfires burned on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest during the summer… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

Wildfire Hazard Potential* for the United States The wildfire hazard potential (WHP) map is a raster geospatial product produced by the USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute that can help to inform evaluations of wildfire hazard or… more
Contact(s): Greg Dillon

2008 - 2018
The wildfire hazard potential (WHP) map is a raster geospatial product produced by the USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute that can help to inform evaluations of wildfire hazard or prioritization of fuels management needs across very large… more
Contact(s): Greg Dillon

The U.S. Forest Service has banned the use of exploding targets1 on land managed in much of the western U.S. because of reported association with wildfire ignitions2. Exploding targets are composed of two ingredients: ammonium nitrate (AN) and… more
Contact(s): Mark Finney