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Fire Ecology

Research Brief Description
FastFuels: 3D Fuels for Next Generation Fire Models

FastFuels develops 3D fuels for cutting edge 3D fire modeling in support of project scale fuel treatments and prescribed fires.

FLEAT - Wildfire benefits model

Evaluating the ecological benefits of wildfire by integrating fire and ecosystem simulation models

Incomplete Fuel Treatments

Learning from Incomplete Fuel Treatments

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)

The Fire Effects Information System is an online collection of reviews of scientific literature about fire effects on plants and animals and about fire regimes of plant communities in the United States

Ponderosa Pine Restoration at Lick Creek

Ponderosa Pine Restoration at Lick Creek: lessons learned after 20+ years of fuel treatments

Fuels and potential fire behavior in balsam woolly adelgid-impacted forests

We are developing a product and methodology that allows rapid assessment of fuels and potential fire hazard in forests impacted by BWA.

GNLCC - Whitebark Pine restoration in climate change

Restoring whitebark pine in the face of climate change

Post-Fire Ponderosa Pine Mortality

Assessing ponderosa pine mortality in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area after successive fires Over 14 Years

FireBGCv2 - landscape fire model

FireBGCv2 is a computer modeling program and platform that mechanistically simulates fire, vegetation, climate, and fuels dynamics across multiple space and time scales.

Terrestrial lidar scanners and TreeQSM 3D fuels modeling

We compare the results from TreeQSM 3D quantitative structure modeling output to our structured lab measurements of 20 small diameter trees.

FIREHARM - Fire hazard and risk model

Mapping fire hazard and risk across multiple spatial scales.

Quantifying fuels and potential fire behavior in balsam woolly adelgid-impacted forests

The project seeks to develop methodology that allows rapid assessment of fuels and potential fire hazard in forests impacted by BWA.

SERDP RC20-1025

Wildfire science is currently impeded by gaps between measurements, modeling, and management. This project is using integrative efforts to close those gaps.

FIRESEV - Modeling and mapping fire severity

A fire severity mapping system for real time fire management application and long-term planning.

LANDFIRE Prototype - Mapping fuels

Development of the tools, protocols, methods, and data products for the National LANDFIRE Project.

RWPE - Restoring Whitebark Pine Ecosystems

Evaluating effects of various prescribed burning and silvicultural techniques used for restoring whitebark pine ecosystems (RWPE)

DAYLIGHT - Restoration release cuttings

Effects of new restoration technique called Daylighting is evaluated on various whitebark pine stands in the Northern Rocky Mountains.


Often fires are managed to support or reduce the presence of specific plant species or sizes. FireStem is a computer model designed to aid fire managers in predicting tree mortality based on fire behavior and intensity.

California tree mortality

Changes in fuel loading and conifer mortality risk factors due to bark beetles and drought in California.

Assessment of community wildfire exposure in the western US

The first comprehensive assessment of where public wildlands in the Western US potentially contribute wildfire exposure to communities.

WBP - Release after daylighting

Whitebark pine populations are declining across their entire range due to the combined effects of mountain pine beetle, whitebark pine blister rust, and changing fire regimes.

WBPCC - Whitebark pine and climate

Stand composition, health, and annual diameter growth were recorded and compared against climate patterns for the past 100 years.

WPGA - Whitebark Pine Growth Analysis

Growth response of whitebark pine trees to thinning and prescribed burn treatments.

WEST - Whitebark Pine Encroachment STudy

Whitebark pine encroachment into lower elevation sagebrush grasslands in southwest Montana, USA

Long-term restoration synergies

This research uses agent-based landscape forest modelling to explore synergies between wildfire and forest and fuels management to create fire resilient forests, conserve carbon, and reduce future high severity fire.

LSim forest landscape management model

We integrated the Forest Vegetation Simulator with the FSim wildfire simulation model to conduct research on long term management and wildfire feedbacks.

BCM-PVT - Bioclimatic modeling of potential vegetation types

Predicting plant species shifts under changing climates using bioclimatic modeling of potential vegetation types

Mapping and modeling fuels and fire at the Sycan Marsh, Oregon

Mapping, modeling, and connecting fuels and fire behavior effects at the Sycan Marsh, Oregonp

An ongoing research project focused on multi-scale integration of fire and fuel datasets collected before, during, and following management prescribed fires.

Prairie-Forest Edge Fire History

Fires are widespread in prairies globally. Fire often perpetuates grasslands by counteracting tree encroachment, yet there is often little record of this fire preserved in the grasslands.

Lubrecht Fire-Fire Surrogate Study

Fuel treatment impacts in ponderosa pine - Douglas-fir forests in the Northern Rockies.

Predicting tree growth and beetle susceptibility after fire

We are creating tools to inform post-fire decisions that predict post-fire growth rates and mortality levels due to fire alone or fire+beetle for ponderosa pine (PP) and Douglas-fir (DF). The models in the tools will account for tree size, fire injury, site productivity, changes in competition, and beetle pressure. The project will also validate and update current FVS post-fire growth predictions.

Lodgepole Pine Restoration

Using silvicultural treatments and prescribing burning to restore multi-aged lodgepole pine forests

Fire-Induced Tree Mortality

Mortality reconsidered: Testing and extending models of fire–induced tree mortality across the United States

Wildfire effects in grand fir-hemlock forests

Grand fir and western hemlock mortality and regeneration dynamics after wildfire and salvage.

Fire: A Vaccine for the Forest?

The impact of fire on conifer defenses .

Lodgepole fire history

Lodgepole pine-dominated forest is the third most extensive forest type in western North America, covering 15 million acres in the western United States.

Climate Change on Global Fire Danger

Wildfires occur at the intersection of dry weather, available fuel, and ignition sources. Weather is the most variable and largest driver of regional burned area.


LANDFIRE After Action Review and Scoping In Preparation for Comprehensive Remapping

Ponderosa pine recovery after fire: A photoguide

Sometimes it is difficult to determine if a tree will live or die after fire. This project will create a photoguide to to assist forest managers and field crews in accurately assessing post-fire crown injury and recovery in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).

Reconstructing U.S. Wildland Fire Trends

The ecological, economic and health and safety concerns surrounding wildland fires are driving the need to better understand climate-fire interactions.

Fires in Northern Eurasia

Impacts of Black Carbon from Fires in Northern Eurasia

Fire and Invasive Plants

Characterizing Information on Fire and Invasive Plants

Western Spruce Budworm

Western Spruce Budworm Alters Crown Fire Behavior through Reduced Canopy Density

Spring Dip

Physiological Drivers of the ‘Spring Dip’ in Red Pine and Jack Pine Foliar Moisture Content and Its Relationship to Crown Fire in the Great Lakes

Fire Management, Zambia

Fire Management and Fire Use Assessment of Eastern Province, Zambia

Describing Wildland Fuels

Describing and Scaling Physio-chemical Properties of Live and Dead Fuels to Parameterize Physics-based Fire Behavior Models

Post-fire Tree Mortality

Delayed Tree Mortality Following Fire in Western Conifers

Mountain Pine Beetle

Quantifying the Potential Effects of Mountain Pine Beetle on Wildland Fire Behavior

Douglas-fir and Fire Predicting Post-fire Douglas-fir Beetle Attacks and Tree Mortality in the Northern Rocky Mountains
Duff Mounds Prescribed Burning: Can We Do It Without Killing the Trees We Are Trying to Save?
Northern Rockies Fire History

Climate Drivers of Fire in the Northern Rockies: Past, Present and Future

Evaluating Fuel Treatment Effectiveness

Using STANDFIRE to test whether fuel treatments are effective in changing fire behavior

Central Oregon Fire History

Fire and forest histories of central Oregon from tree rings

Fire Severity Classification Classifying Fire Severity Based on simulated surface fuel combustion and heat transfer
Utah Fire History

Fire regimes & forest structure of Utah & eastern Nevada: A multi-scale history from tree rings

Reintroducing Fire

Mitigating old tree mortality in long-unburned, fire-dependent forests

Tracking Climate, Wildland Fires, and Native Trout

Tracking Climate, Wildland Fires, and Native Trout