Projects

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1909-present
Living things change constantly, as do communities of living things. In a forest, where individual trees can live for centuries and new plants replace old plants, it is not easy to visualize the changes that occur over time. This photoseries… more

2013-2015
Experiments to Improve Agricultural Smoke Decision Support Tools Agriculture is a vital part of the Northwest’s economy and is critical to the region’s rural communities. The production cycle of cereal crops and grasses, which are important… more
Contact(s): Shawn Urbanski

2017-2025
Wildland fires produce significant air pollution and real-time measurements of these pollutants are critical for mitigating the human health impacts of smoke. With climate change increasing the severity of the western U.S. wildfire season, there is… more
Contact(s): Shawn Urbanski

2000-2003
Natural resource managers use a variety of computer-mediated presentation methods to communicate with the public about ecosystem dynamics and management practices. This study explored the usefulness of computer-generated visualizations and… more
Contact(s): Ilana Abrahamson

2015-Ongoing
In 2015, FMI analysts continued to be involved with application of a wildfire risk assessment framework developed largely by RMRS scientists from both the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program and the Human Dimensions Program. The risk assessment… more
Contact(s): Greg Dillon

2013-2015
Linking Field-based and Experimental Methods to Quantify, Predict, and Manage Fire Effects on Cultural Resources (Update) ArcBurn is an experimental fire archaeology project funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, and is a collaborative effort… more
Contact(s): Jim Reardon

2005-present
Vegetation and fuel management planning is a complex problem that requires advanced vegetation and fire behavior modeling and intensive spatial data analyses. Both the benefits and potential impacts of proposed treatments must be clearly… more
Contact(s): Alan Ager

2016-present
The first comprehensive assessment of where public wildlands in the Western US potentially contribute wildfire exposure to communities. Predicting wildfire disasters presents a major challenge to the field of risk science, especially when fires are… more
Contact(s): Alan Ager

2015-2017
Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins; MPB) is an aggressive bark beetle that attacks numerous Pinus spp. and causes extensive mortality in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Douglas ex Loudon; LPP) forests in the western United States… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

2019-2020
Predicting plant species shifts under changing climates using bioclimatic modeling of potential vegetation types Land managers need new tools for accounting for novel futures due to climate change. Species distribution modeling has been used… more
Contact(s): Lisa Holsinger

2002-present
Image The BehavePlus fire modeling system is a Windows®-based computer program that can be used for any fire management application that needs to calculate fire behavior. It uses specified fuel and… more
Contact(s): Faith Ann Heinsch

2005-2011
Airborne Experiments to Characterize the Emissions of Biomass Burning in Mexico Biomass burning is the largest source of primary, fine carbonaceous particles and the second largest source of trace gases in the global atmosphere. Emissions from… more

2002-Present
Northern Eurasia covers 20% of the global land mass and contains 70% of the boreal forest. During certain times of the year, black carbon (BC) in smoke plumes at high latitudes may be transported and deposited on Arctic ice, thereby accelerating ice… more
Contact(s): Wei Min Hao

2015-2018
Many scientists from the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke program are intimately involved with various aspects of fire management, including both prescribed fires and wildfires. Not only do these activities provide operational experience and the opportunity to… more

2011-present
Understanding Burning Rate and Residence Time of Porous Fuel Beds Using Wood Cribs The fire spread process is fundamentally a series of ignitions, where a parcel of fuel ignites and burns at a particular rate, heating the neighboring fuel parcel… more
Contact(s): Sara McAllister

2016-2020
California is currently in the midst of a record-breaking drought and its forests are undergoing massive die-offs. This extensive tree mortality will drastically alter fuel loads, likely changing fire behavior and severity in fire-prone ecosystems… more
Contact(s): Sharon Hood

2013
On January 15, 2014, three experimental burns were conducted at the Camp Swift Military Installation, approximately 15 km (9.3 miles) north of Bastrop, Texas. The RMRS Fire, Fuel, & Smoke Science Program-Fire Fundamentals Team, led by Research… more
Contact(s): Daniel Jimenez

2004-2015
An extensive exploration of field, analysis, and modeling methods to describe and quantify fuels for operational fire management. This study will develop, evaluate, and compare methods or approaches to measure canopy fuels characteristics and… more
Contact(s): Russell Parsons

2009-present
Video and educational lesson about how and why the Pikunii (one branch of the Blackfeet Nation) people transported fire from one camp to another as they traveled along historical migration routes. This activity includes a complete lesson plan,… more
Contact(s): Ilana Abrahamson

2009-2015
Fire and forest histories of central Oregon from tree rings Central Oregon currently lacks the site-specific fire and forest histories that are necessary for scientifically based land-management planning in the region. For a region with such… more
Contact(s): Emily Heyerdahl

2011-2016
Wildland fire management teams can be faced with the potential for fires to damage power transmission or telecommunication lines. The damage can be severe enough to cause failure of the system which can have critical implications to public safety.… more
Contact(s): Jason Forthofer

2014-present
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. Temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, and wind speed independently influence… more
Contact(s): Matt Jolly

Complete
A coarse scale assessment and mapping effort was initiated to support national-level fire planning and risk assessments. See the Software and Downloads section for information on: Data Summary Tables: Historical Fire Regimes by Current Condition… more
Contact(s):

1994-2020
Condition of live fire-scarred ponderosa pine twenty-one years after removing partial cross-sections Ponderosa pine is widely distributed in fire-dependent ecosystems across western North America. Some individuals of this long-lived species have… more
Contact(s): Emily Heyerdahl

2011-present
Research conducted at the Missoula Fire Lab has found that the amount of radiant heat in wildland fires is not sufficient to ignite fine fuel particles such as needles and grasses.  These fine fuels are highly efficient at convective heat transfer,… more
Contact(s): Sara McAllister