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Results and application of the National Wildfire Risk Assessment

Publications Posted on: April 12, 2021
Spatial wildfire risk assessments that account for both the probability and consequences of wildfire events are becoming an important element of strategic wildland fire and fuels planning (Calkin et al. 2011; Finney 2005; Gilbertson-Day et al. 2017, 2018; Thompson et al. 2013, 2016a). Using a standardized framework (Scott et al. 2013), these assessments can be scaled from local communities up to the continental scale.

Seeing the Big Picture: Long Term Studies at Lick Creek Demonstrate How Fuel Treatments Impact a Changing Forest

Documents and Media Posted on: March 02, 2021
A long-term study at Lick Creek demonstrates how fuel treatments in dry forests provide benefits beyond mitigating the chance of a high-severity fire. These benefits include persistent increased tree growth, even during drought, and reduced tree mortality from mountain pine beetle. Document Type: Other Documents

Camp Swift Fire Experiment 2014: Vegetation map

Datasets Posted on: December 30, 2020
This data publication contains a vegetation map derived as part of a prescribed fire research campaign conducted at the Camp Swift Military Base in Bastrop County, Texas on January 15, 2014. The Camp Swift Fire Experiment 2014 consisted of three fires ignited in burn blocks of dimensions 100 meters (m) by 100 m on January 15, 2014. Fires were ignited on relatively flat areas of grass vegetation in moderate winds.

Rodeo-Chediski wildfire: A summary of impacts

Publications Posted on: March 12, 2020
The 462,600 acre Rodeo-Chediski Wildfire of 2002 was the largest known in Arizona's history and the ninth largest wildfire in the United States (National Interagency Fire Center 2009) in terms of the 462,600 acres impacted by the burn. It damaged or destroyed ecosystem resources, disrupted hydrologic functioning, and altered loadings of flammable fuels in much of the ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests exposed to the bum.

Spatial models for estimating fuel loads in the Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

Publications Posted on: February 27, 2020
Fire suppression has increased fuel loadings and fuel continuity in many forested ecosystems, resulting in forest structures that are vulnerable to catastrophic fire. This paper describes the statistical properties of models developed to describe the spatial variability in forest fuels on the Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota.

An update of the National Fire Danger Rating System

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 13, 2018
The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a system that allows fire managers to estimate today's or tomorrow's fire danger for a given area. In 2014, RMRS fire danger rating system developers sought and gained approval to update the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS).

Lubrecht Fire-Fire Surrogate Study

Projects Posted on: April 10, 2018
Fuel treatment impacts in ponderosa pine - Douglas-fir forests in the Northern Rockies.

Weather, fuels, fire behavior, plumes, and smoke - the nexus of fire meteorology

Publications Posted on: September 22, 2017
In a pair of review papers, Potter (2012a, 2012b) summarized the significant fire weather research findings over about the past hundred years.

The influence of fuelbed properties on moisture drying rates and timelags of longleaf pine litter

Publications Posted on: July 25, 2017
Fire managers often model pine needles as 1 h timelag fuels, but fuelbed properties may significantly change the rate at which needles exchange moisture with the atmosphere. The problem of determining whether moisture loss from fine fuels is being controlled by individual particles or by the fuelbed remains unresolved.

2016 High Park fire science workshop

Projects Posted on: May 17, 2017
A workshop was hosted by the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed for those interested in wildfires and post-fire ecology and impacts, discussing transmission of key research findings from work done in the High Park Fire on key topics, implications for post fire restoration management decision making and identification of barriers to rehab/restoration action & knowledge gaps. Researchers from Rocky Mountain Research Station, CSU, and other regional institutions presented results from their work since the High Park Fire.