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Daniel M. Jimenez

Mechanical Engineer

5765 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59808
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Current Research

My research has included studies on heat transfer and fluid flow model development and validation used to predict incident heat, temperature, wind profiles, and fire effects on forest landscapes, vegetation and soil types. In collaboration with scientists at the Fire Lab and elsewhere, I have worked on the development and delivery of computer software to support fire and fuels managers, including the soil heating component of FOFEM (a First Order Fire Effects Model), FireStem (a physics based tree mortality model), and WindWizard (a gridded wind profile model). In addition, I work with fellow lab engineers and technicians to design, develop and fabricate field instrumentation used for data collection on prescribed and wildland fires. My research projects include: First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM), FireStem and WindWizard.


  • Rutgers University, B.S., Chemical Engineering
  • Washington State University, M.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering
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    Butler, Bret W.; Teske, C.; Jimenez, Daniel M.; O'Brien, Joseph; Sopko, Paul A.; Wold, Cyle E.; Vosburgh, Mark G.; Hornsby, Ben; Loudermilk, E. Louise, 2016. Observations of energy transport and rate of spreads from low-intensity fires in longleaf pine habitat-RxCADRE 2012
    Butler, Bret W.; Wagenbrenner, Natalie S.; Forthofer, Jason M.; Lamb, B. K.; Shannon, K. S.; Finn, D.; Eckman, R. M.; Clawson, K.; Bradshaw, Larry S.; Sopko, Paul A.; Beard, S.; Jimenez, Daniel M.; Wold, Cyle E.; Vosburgh, Mark G., 2015. High-resolution observations of the near-surface wind field over an isolated mountain and in a steep river canyon
    Finney, Mark A.; Jimenez, Daniel M.; ; Grenfell, Isaac C.; Wold, Cyle E., 2010. Structure of diffusion flames from a vertical burner
    Jimenez, Daniel M.; Butler, Bret W.; Hiers, K.; Ottmar, R.; Dickinson, M.; Kremens, R.; O'Brien, J.; Hudak, Andrew T.; Clements, C., 2009. Rx-CADRE (Prescribed Fire Combustion-Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiments) collaborative research in the core fire sciences
    The Prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiment (RxCADRE) is a collaborative effort in longleaf pine ecosystems to collect and integrate quality-assured fuel, fire, and atmospheric data for development and evaluation of fuel, fire behavior, smoke, and fire effects models.
    The ArcBurn project uses controlled laboratory experiments and instrumentation on prescribed burns and wildfires to determine critical damage thresholds for cultural resources including archaeological sites, artifacts, and heritage resources. Data and observations on fire effects and effectiveness of fuels treatments are then used to develop guidelines for best treatment practices and protection of archaeological resources.
    Wind predictions in complex terrain are important for a number of applications including wildland fire behavior, transport and dispersion of pollutants, and wind energy applications. Fine-scale changes in topography and vegetation substantially alter the flow field. Thus, accurate modeling for these applications in complex topography requires near-surface flow field predictions at a high spatial resolution.
    Current operational fire behavior models are empirically based on fire spread through surface fuels and do not describe heating and combustion processes. RMRS Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program scientists and collaborators have developed a research program for understanding how fire spread occurs with a focus on live fuels and active crown fire.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Fire, Fuel and Smoke