Earlier this year, Utah’s Fishlake National Forest was the site of a stand-replacement prescribed fire. The June 2019 controlled burn—designed to mimic a severe wildfire—was part of the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment, or FASMEE. The experiment is a large-scale interagency effort to identify how fuels, fire behavior, fire energy, and meteorology interact to influence smoke and local fire effects, such as soil heating and plant response.
Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists and their partners designed FASMEE to collect observations from large prescribed fires by combining remote sensing, radar, ground monitoring, aircraft and satellite imagery, and weather and atmospheric measurements. The information they gather will help validate and improve models used to predict fire behavior, smoke impacts, and the short- and long-term effects of fire. It will also increase public and firefighter safety and help with the allocation of firefighting resources.
In-fire footage, collected using cameras housed in specially designed boxes, is among the data being collected. The next burn is scheduled for this fall.
FASMEE’s partners include the U.S. Forest Service, Joint Fire Science Program, NOAA, NASA, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, University of Washington, Desert Research Institute, and Tall Timbers Research Station.
Learn more online at https://www.fasmee.net/.