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Fuel Dynamics

Research Brief Description
California tree mortality

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

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.

Canopy Fuels Project

An extensive exploration of field, analysis, and modeling methods to describe and quantify fuels for operational fire management.

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.

Describing Wildland Fuels

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

Evaluating Fuel Treatment Effectiveness

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

Fires in Northern Eurasia

Impacts of Black Carbon from Fires in Northern Eurasia

Foliar Moisture Content

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

Fuel PARticle DYnamics (FPARDY)

The research project presented here, labeled FPARDY (Fuel PARticle DYnamics), is one of many new efforts to explore surface fuel characteristics at the particle, layer, and fuelbed levels across ma


Measuring surface fuel litterfall and decomposition in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA

FUELVAR Describing the spatial variability of forest fuel properties

An integrated study investigating the effects of mastication fuel treatments on fuel and fire behavior

LANDFIRE Prototype

The Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools (LANDFIRE) Prototype Project that developed the tools, protocols, methods, and data products for the National LANDFIRE Project.


LANDFIRE After Action Review and Scoping In Preparation for Comprehensive Remapping

Live Fuels and Fire Behavior Research

Exploring linkages between live wildland fuels, ignition, combustion and potential fire behavior

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.

MASTIDON Surface fuel characteristics, temporal dynamics, and fire behavior of masticated mixed-conifer fuelbeds of the Rocky Mountains
Mountain Pine Beetle

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

Peatland Fire

Studying Peatland Fire Dynamics


A new fuel loading sampling method is developed to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for six surface fuel components using downward-looking and oblique photographs depicting sequences of graduated fuel loadings by fuel component.

Ponderosa Pine Restoration at Lick Creek

Lick Creek Demonstration-Research Forest: 25-year fire and cutting effects on vegetation and fuels

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


A comparison of sampling techniques to estimate wildland surface fine woody fuel loadings in montane forests of the northern Rocky Mountains

TCEF Grid A set of tenth-acre fixed area plots have been established on a 330-m grid across the Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest (TCEF) to monitor changes in vegetation and fuel dynamics over large spatial and temporal domains.
Western Spruce Budworm

Western Spruce Budworm Alters Crown Fire Behavior through Reduced Canopy Density