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Fire history (1889-2017) in the South Fork Flathead River Watershed within the Bob Marshall Wilderness (Montana), including effects of single and repeat wildfires on forest structure and fuels

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2020
Wilderness areas offer value to society as a source of scientific information. We used fire perimeter records from the upper South Fork Flathead River watershed (Montana) to characterize the area burned one or more times during three periods: the pre-fire exclusion period (1889-1934), the fire exclusion period (1935-1980), and the fire management period (1981-2017).

Wildfire in Turkey: Fire management challenges at an ancient crossroads of nature and culture

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2020
Millennia of extensive grazing, agriculture, and timber harvesting have altered Turkey’s native vegetation and modified fire regimes. The degree to which this is so is a topic for debate among policy-makers, managers, and scientists - with implications for understanding the potential impacts of land use and climate change on future forest management.

Increasing use of prescribed fire: Barriers and opportunities

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 20, 2020
Prescribed fire is an important tool for increasing the resilience of fire-dependent ecosystems and for reducing overall wildfire risk, but it is not being applied at the necessary or desired levels. We investigated barriers and strategies for facilitating prescribed fire application on USFS and BLM lands across the western United States.

The Wildfire SAFE App: Delivering Real-Time Data to Improve Wildfire Management

Documents and Media Posted on: August 13, 2020
  The Wildfire SAFE app incorporates real-time data from sources that include the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System, U.S. Drought Monitor drought conditions, weather data, and vegetation conditions to provide targeted information on any wildfire in the continental United States.   Document Type: Other Documents

Linking wilderness research and management-volume 1. Wilderness fire restoration and management: an annotated reading list

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
The Wilderness Act of 1964 designates wilderness areas as places where natural conditions prevail and humans leave landscapes untrammeled. Managers of wilderness and similarly protected areas have a mandate to maintain wildland fire as a natural ecological process. However, because fire suppression has dominated Federal land management for most of the past century, the natural role of fire has been lost from many wilderness areas.

National strategic plan: modeling and data systems for wildland fire and air quality.

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
This strategic plan is a technical discussion of the implementation and development of models and data systems used to manage the air quality impacts of wildland and prescribed fires. Strategies and priorities in the plan were generated by the Express Team (chartered by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group) and a diverse group of 86 subject matter experts who attended a national planning workshop.

Landscape and Wildfires Seminary: Diagnosis and suppression, methodological advances

Publications Posted on: May 10, 2020
In 2015, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Human Dimensions Program (hereafter U.S. Forest Service), and the University of Có\ordoba, Forest Engineering Department, Forest Fire Laboratory, Spain (hereafter University of Cordoba), entered into an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Policy barriers and opportunities for prescribed fire application in the western United States

Publications Posted on: February 18, 2020
Prescribed fire is an important management tool on US federal lands that is not being applied at the necessary or desired levels. We investigated the role of policy barriers and opportunities for prescribed fire application on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in the western United States.

Coupling wildfire spread and erosion models to quantify post-fire erosion before and after fuel treatments

Publications Posted on: September 14, 2019
Wildfires are known to change post-fire watershed conditions such that hillslopes can become prone to increased erosion and sediment delivery. In this work, we coupled wildfire spread and erosion prediction modelling to assess the benefits of fuel reduction treatments in preventing soil runoff. The study was conducted in a 68 000-ha forest area located in Sardinia, Italy. We compared no-treatment conditions v.

Managing wildfire for whitebark pine ecosystem restoration in western North America

Publications Posted on: December 14, 2018
Wildfire in declining whitebark pine forests can be a tool for ecosystem restoration or an ecologically harmful event. This document presents a set of possible wildfire management practices for facilitating the restoration of whitebark pine across its range inWestern North America. These management actions are designed to enhance whitebark pine resilience and health, while also being effective wildfire management measures.