Skip to Main Content
Prescribed fire science: the case for a refined research agendaAuthor(s): J. Kevin Hiers; Joseph J. O’Brien; J. Morgan Varner; Bret W. Butler; Matthew Dickinson; James Furman; Michael Gallagher; David Godwin; Scott L. Goodrick; Sharon M. Hood; Andrew Hudak; Leda N. Kobziar; Rodman Linn; E. Louise Loudermilk; Sarah McCaffrey; Kevin Robertson; Eric M. Rowell; Nicholas Skowronski; Adam C. Watts; Kara M. Yedinak
Source: Fire Ecology
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station
Download Publication (2.0 MB)
DescriptionThe realm of wildland fire science encompasses both wild and prescribed fires. Most of the research in the broader field has focused on wildfires, however, despite the prevalence of prescribed fires and demonstrated need for science to guide its application. We argue that prescribed fire science requires a fundamentally different approach to connecting related disciplines of physical, natural, and social sciences. We also posit that research aimed at questions relevant to prescribed fire will improve overall wildland fire science and stimulate the development of useful knowledge about managed wildfires. Because prescribed fires are increasingly promoted and applied for wildfire management and are intentionally ignited to meet policy and land manager objectives, a broader research agenda incorporating the unique features of prescribed fire is needed. We highlight the primary differences between prescribed fire science and wildfire science in the study of fuels, fire behavior, fire weather, fire effects, and fire social science. Wildfires managed for resource benefits (“managed wildfires”) offer a bridge for linking these science frameworks. A recognition of the unique science needs related to prescribed fire will be key to addressing the global challenge of managing wildland fire for long-term sustainability of natural resources.
- You may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationHiers, J. Kevin; O’Brien, Joseph J.; Varner, J. Morgan; Butler, Bret W.; Dickinson, Matthew; Furman, James; Gallagher, Michael; Godwin, David; Goodrick, Scott L.; Hood, Sharon M.; Hudak, Andrew; Kobziar, Leda N.; Linn, Rodman; Loudermilk, E. Louise; McCaffrey, Sarah; Robertson, Kevin; Rowell, Eric M.; Skowronski, Nicholas; Watts, Adam C.; Yedinak, Kara M. 2020. Prescribed fire science: the case for a refined research agenda. Fire Ecology. 16:11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s42408-020-0070-8.
Keywordsfire behavior, fire effects, fire weather, fireline interactions, fuels characterization, post-fire tree mortality, prescribed burning, wildland fire research
- Social Science Research Related to Wildfire Management: An Overview of Recent Findings and Future Research Needs
- The science of firescapes: Achieving fire-resilient communities
- Understanding social complexity within the wildland urban interface: A new species of human habitation? Environmental Management
XML: View XML