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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 fire… 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

FlamMap is a fire analysis desktop application that ONLY runs in a 64-bit Windows Operating System environment. It can simulate potential fire behavior characteristics (spread rate, flame length, fireline intensity, etc.), fire growth and spread and… 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

1995- present
FOFEM 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… more
Contact(s): Duncan Lutes

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

2017 - present
ForSys - Scenario planning model for multi-objective restoration and fuel management planning ForSys is a flexible platform for exploring landscape management scenarios and optimizing decisions in terms of where and how to achieve landscape… more
Contact(s): Alan Ager, Michelle Day

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

2016 - present
The Fuel Treatment Effectiveness Monitoring (FTEM) application collects data that documents the effectiveness of fuel treatments on wildland fire behavior when a wildland fire intersects with a previously applied hazardous fuels reduction treatment… more
Contact(s): Brianna Schueller

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
Contact(s): Duncan Lutes

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

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

2014 - 2023
Research-ready compilation of all-hazards operational data 1999-2020. These situation-reporting data can be used to relate large-fire activity to weather, fuel treatment activities, firefighting response, and a range of socioeconomic impacts. ICS-… more
Contact(s): Karen Short

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

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

2016 - present
The Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS) is a web-based application designed to make fuel treatment planning and analysis more efficient and effective. IFTDSS provides access to data and models through one simple user… more
Contact(s): Brianna Schueller

2004 - present
This multi-partner program produces consistent, comprehensive, geospatial data and databases that describe vegetation, wildland fuel, and fire regimes across the United States and insular areas. LF's mission is to provide agency leaders and… more
Contact(s): Inga La Puma

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

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): Sharon Hood

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