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Describing the spatial variability of wildland fuel properties. Wildland fuels are important to fire managers because they can be manipulated to achieve management goals, such as restoring ecosystems, decreasing fire intensity, minimizing plant… 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

Restoring whitebark pine in the face of climate change Whitebark pine forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the exotic… more

Diameter and height release of small whitebark pine trees ten years after two daylighting treatments Whitebark pine forests have been declining throughout its range in North America due to increasing populations and spread of mountain pine beetle… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary

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

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

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

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): 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

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): 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, 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