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Seeing red: New tools for mapping and understanding fire severityAuthor(s): Sue Miller; Robert Keane; Penny Morgan; Pamela Sikkink; Eva Karau; Greg Dillon
Source: Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 6. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 10 p.
Publication Series: Science Bulletins and Newsletters
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionLarge, severe fires are ecologically and socially important because they have lasting effects on vegetation and soils, can potentially threaten people and property, and can be costly to manage. The goals of the Fire Severity Mapping Project (FIRESEV), which covers lands in the continental western United States, are to understand where and why fires burn severely, and to give fire managers, fire ecologists, and natural resource managers tools to assess severity before, during, and after a wildfire. FIRESEV has produced a suite of tools for a wide range of fire management applications, including real-time forecasts and assessments in wildfire situations, post-wildfire rehabilitation efforts, and long-term planning. The suite of five products described in this article includes three mapping tools: 1) the new Severe Fire Potential Map, 2) the Wildland Fire Assessment Tool (WFAT) modification, 3) the Integrated Fire Severity Mapping Procedure, and two conceptual tools: 4) a fire severity classification for surface fuels based on simulation modeling, and 5) a review paper that examines problems with the concept of fire severity and suggests ways to assess severity using an ecologically based approach. The development of these tools was supported by National Fire Plan and Joint Fire Science Program funding.
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CitationMiller, Sue; Keane, Robert; Morgan, Penny; Sikkink, Pamela; Karau, Eva; Dillon, Greg. 2013. Seeing red: New tools for mapping and understanding fire severity. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 6. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 10 p.
Keywordsfire severity, mapping, Fire Severity Mapping Project, FIRESEV, wildfire, Severe Fire Potential Map, Wildland Fire Assessment Tool, WFAT
- Mapping severe fire potential across the contiguous United States
- Evaluating the ecological benefits of wildfire by integrating fire and ecosystem simulation models
- Mapping the potential for high severity wildfire in the western United States
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