Research forester Roger Ottmar receives prestigious Ember Award

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Roger Ottmar receiving Ember Award from colleague Morgan Varner. USDA Forest Service photo.

NEW MEXICO – Roger Ottmar, research forester, Pacific Northwest Research Station, received the International Association of Wildland Fire Ember Award at the Fire Behavior and Fuels conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 30th. Ottmar has delivered wildland fire science for over 35 years that has enormous benefits for the wildland fire system. Ottmar is the original designer and project lead for the Fuel Characteristic Classification System and the CONSUME application currently in use by land managers across the country.
Ottmar has authored and co-authored over 300 research publications. He regularly presents research at major scientific conferences. Ottmar has led over 35 classes on smoke management and leads several fuels workshops each year, including NWCG training. While his accomplishments are vast, Ottmar stands out even farther because of his professionalism and ability to build and lead coalitions within the wildland fire system.

For the last five years Ottmar has led the development and implementation of the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment, a multi-agency, national effort to provide advanced measurements necessary to improve operational fire and smoke modeling applications and their foundational scientific models. FASMEE involves a complex network of stakeholders, coalitions, collaborators, and partners. Click the following link for more information about the award.