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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

Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Wildfire Crisis Strategy  The Yellowstone fires of 1988 are considered an early fire event signaling the rise of the wildfire crisis we are experiencing today. After building for decades, the crisis erupted… more
Contact(s): Chris Stalling

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

A quantitative wildfire risk assessment is underway for the sagebrush biome in the western US to inform investments in hazardous fuel treatments, including those intended to protect sage-grouse habitat. Within the Great Basin alone, hundreds of… more
Contact(s): Karen Short

Wildfire Risk to Communities is a free, easy-to-use website with interactive maps, charts, and resources to help communities understand, explore, and reduce wildfire risk. The website was created by the USDA Forest Service under the direction of… more
Contact(s): Greg Dillon

The communities of Island Park, ID, and West Yellowstone, MT, are situated just outside the western entrance to Yellowstone National Park amid grasslands, sagebrush, and aspen and conifer forests. As part of the broader interagency Cohesive Wildfire… more

Airborne and Lidar Experiments for the Evaluation of Smoke Transport Models Wildfires are a significant source of airborne pollutants. Smoke from wildfires has significant negative impacts on public health including increased physician visits,… more
Contact(s): Shawn Urbanski

This work provides the first accounting of shooting-related wildfires in the U.S. based on empirical data. A newly approved fire-cause data standard should allow for better tracking into the future. While not historically tracked for statistical… more
Contact(s): Karen Short

WildfireSAFE is designed to increase firefighter & fire manager situation awareness and enhance risk mitigation planning in wildland fire operations. It supports the greater interagency fire community in the planning, response, and recovery… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

The Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) collects and displays fire danger information for the United States. WFAS is currently based on weather observations taken at fire weather stations throughout the U.S. and entered into the Weather… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

2005 - present
WFDSS is currently the only web-based application that allows interagency and interdepartmental fire staff to access a one-stop suite of decision support tools while being in compliance with policy, guidance, and documentation requirements. It is… more
Contact(s): Sam Amato

Purpose: The WFIPS system is intended to conduct risk-based analysis of fire management activities and wildfire outcomes for alternative investments in Preparedness, Hazardous Fuels, and Large Fire Suppression. Analysis occurs at user-specified… more
Contact(s): Mark Finney

WindNinja is a computer program that computes spatially varying wind fields for wildland fire application. See the WindNinja project website for more details. Also, check out WindNinja-Mobile application. Take a look at our WindNinja story map… more

Take a look at our WindNinja story map to see a quick overview of WindNinja and WindNinja Mobile. ESRI User Story: Missoula Fire Sciences Lab Launches New Wind Modeling Mobile App to Help Firefighters in the Field ESRI ArcWatch: Fighting Fire with… more

WindWizard is no longer supported by the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab as the underlying software is not readily available. Much of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling within the WindWizard framework was added to the WindNinja software.… more

1999 - 2018
Diameter growth was examined on small diameter whitebark pine 20 years after silvicultural treatments were applied. Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.) forests play a prominent role throughout high-elevation ecosystems in the northern Rocky… more
Contact(s): Sarah Flanary