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Fire & Fuel Management Strategies

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.

Predicting future extreme wildfire events in the western US

Predictive mapping of extreme wildfire disasters presents a daunting challenge to the field of risk and hazard science.

Firefighter Safety

Perhaps one of the most critical decisions made by firefighters during daily fire management operations is the identification of suitable safety zones.


WildfireSAFE is an integrated, web-based resource to support fire management decisions.


**FARSITE4 will no longer be supported or available for download. FlamMap6 now includes FARSITE.** See FlamMap for more information.

Ponderosa Pine Restoration at Lick Creek

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

FUELDIST - Fuel accumulation after disturbance

Monitoring surface and canopy fuel conditions after stand-replacing disturbance events in northern Rocky Mountain ecosystems.

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.

FPARDY - Fuel PARticle DYnamics

Exploring surface and canopy fuel characteristics at the particle, layer, and fuelbed levels across major forest ecosystem types of the US northern Rocky Mountains.

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.

Camp Swift research burns

The overall goal for the project is to evaluate the Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS), a physics-based fire behavior model, using data collected in a full-scale prescribed fire setting.

Soil Heating and Fire Effects

Soil heating and fire effects resulting from in situ oil spill burning.


Linking Field-based and Experimental Methods to Quantify, Predict, and Manage Fire Effects on Cultural Resources

National Wildfire Risk Assessment

A wildfire risk assessment for the conterminous United States


FireFamilyPlus supports the spectrum of fire weather/fire danger/fire climate/fire occurrence analysis tools required by fire managers to successfully use the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS).

FuelCalc - Canopy fuel calculator and model

FuelCalc is a desktop software application for determining changes in surface and crown fuel loading after thinning, pruning, piling and/or prescribed fire.

California tree mortality

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

FFI: Ecological Monitoring

FFI is an ecological monitoring software application designed to assist managers with collection, storage and analysis of ecological information.

Fire Weather Alert System

The Fire Weather Alert System (FWAS) has been designed to warn on-the-ground firefighters of dangerous weather conditions in their area.

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.

FSim-Wildfire Risk Simulation Software

FSim is the most widely used program in the US for wildfire risk analysis, relied upon by Federal and State agencies, and Private Industry (reinsurance).

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.

WPGA - Whitebark Pine Growth Analysis

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

TreeMap: A tree-level model of the forests of the United States

Machine learning matched forest plot data with biophysical characteristics of the landscape to produce a seamless tree-level forest map.

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.

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.

Long term wildfire management in areas near Chernobyl

This project examined natural and human drivers of wildfires in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl explosion.

Scenario Investment Planning Platform

This research concerns the development and application of spatial scenario planning models to analyze a wide range of forest and restoration management issues on fire frequent landscapes.

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.

National Scenario Planning Platform

This project concerns development and application of scenario science and planning tools to support shared stewardship and prioritization of forest service land management investments.

Old Tree Responses

Long-term growth responses to stand density reduction treatments in mature pine forests of California

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.

Bark beetle outbreaks in lodgepole pine

Lodgepole pine forest host characteristics influence mountain pine beetle outbreak severity in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Lodgepole Pine Restoration

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

Lubrecht Fire-Fire Surrogate Study

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

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 .

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.


An overview of LANDFIRE organization, processes, and products


LANDFIRE After Action Review and Scoping In Preparation for Comprehensive Remapping

Coarse-Scale Spatial Data

Coarse-Scale Spatial Data for Wildland Fire and Fuel Management: A coarse scale assessment and mapping effort was initiated to support national-level fire planning and risk assessments.

Fire Management, Zambia

Fire Management and Fire Use Assessment of Eastern Province, Zambia

Post-fire Tree Mortality

Delayed Tree Mortality Following Fire in Western Conifers

Evaluating Fuel Treatment Effectiveness

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

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?
Foliar Moisture Content

Analyzing the ‘spring dip’ in foliar moisture content and its relationship to crown dire activity in the Great Lakes

U.S. Wildfires

A Spatial Database of U.S. Wildfires

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

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