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Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)


The Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) provides synthesized scientific information about fire effects on individual species and ecosystems in the United States, so natural resource managers can easily find and better apply science to land management decisions.

Overview and Applicability

FEIS facilitates use of our research legacy as a basis for sound management.
Thousands of scientific articles and reports are published each year on wildland fire, making it difficult for managers, planners, and scientists to find, read, and use the best available science. A team of ecologists reviews this information and publishes syntheses online in the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) so managers can easily find and better apply science to land management decisions.

FEIS offers four peer-reviewed publication types: Species Reviews, Fire Regime Syntheses, Fire Regime Reports, and Fire Studies:

  • Species Reviews are syntheses of the published literature covering the biology, ecology, and fire effects on plants and animals in the United States. There are approximately 1,100 Species Reviews in FEIS.
  • Fire Regime publications include information about how often and how severely fires burn in specific ecosystems. FEIS has two types of fire regime publications: Syntheses and Reports. Both connect LANDFIRE data to all of the Species Reviews in FEIS. Together, they provide fire regime information for all of the plant communities in the United States.
    • Fire Regime Syntheses synthesize the scientific literature on historical fire regimes and address contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes in specific ecosystems.
    • Fire Regime Reports summarize and facilitate access to LANDFIRE data on historical fire frequencies and severities, however they do not include syntheses of the scientific literature.
  • Fire Studies are summaries of one or more fire research projects at a specific location. Fire Studies cover research that provides detailed descriptions of site characteristics, burning conditions, fire behavior, and fire effects. Fire Studies provide information on hundreds of species for which Species Reviews are not available.

All FEIS publications provide a wealth of information for natural resource land managers and specialists, with applications in fuels and fire management and postfire restoration. FEIS is used by managers in federal land management agencies, states, tribal lands, nongovernment conservation organizations, as well as private land owners, university students and scientists, and the general public.

The Fire Effects Library houses the literature that supports FEIS syntheses. The library contains more than 60,000 references on fire ecology and fire regimes in North America. References are catalogued in an online database, the Citation Retrieval System (CRS).

To add to the library, FEIS staff regularly search scientific abstracts, literature databases, and tables of contents from refereed scientific journals and government publication lists. Other library acquisitions include theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, and unpublished reports. A link to the list of scientific literature regularly searched is provided here. Users are encouraged to use CRS to supplement information from FEIS reviews.

Managers from several land management agencies (United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service) choose the species included in FEIS. These agencies funded the original work and continue to support enhancement and maintenance of the database.


Abrahamson, Ilana. Fire Effects Information System (FEIS). Available online at


Cooke, Brian ; Smith, Jane K. ; Innes, Robin J. ; Fryer, Janet L. ; Zouhar, Kris ; Abrahamson, Ilana L. ; Murphy, Shannon ; Masin, Eva , 2015
Smith, Jane Kapler ; Fryer, Janet L. ; Zouhar, Kristin L. , 2009

Research Topics: 
National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels
National Priority Research Areas: 
Forest Disturbances
RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Fire Sciences