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January 2013 Newsletter

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FFI: An interagency tool for monitoring and data sharing

Person field sampingSponsored by the National Fuels Committee, FFI (FEAT/FIREMON Integrated) is an interagency-supported application designed to help managers collect, store, and share monitoring data in a consistent manner. Managers are finding FFI to be an important, useful part of their adaptive management programs.  Read more

Seeking nominations for IFT-DSS evaluation

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) are soliciting nominations to be  part of a 1-day evaluation workshop of the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFT-DSS). The workshop will be held at the Northern Rockies Training Center in Missoula, MT on Thursday, March 14th. The participants should be folks interested in fuels treatment planning (fuels specialists, fire planner, resource managers, agency administrators, non-government resource/fire managers, tribal, state & local government fire managers). The intent of the training and evaluation is to allow users to provide an objective assessment of IFT-DSS to agency and department leaders for their consideration regarding operational deployment.  Read more

If you are interested, please fill out the nomination form and email to Erin Noonan-Wright by Monday, January 28, 2013.

New definitions – Fire severity and fire regime

Graphic showing LANDFIRE fire severity classesIf you’ve been confused about the many meanings of “fire regime”, “fire regime group”, and “fire severity”, look up the updated definitions in the glossary of the Fire Effects Information System,  Definitions include graphics illustrating the Fire Regime Groups and fire severity classes as used by LANDFIRE.

NPS Fire Science and Ecology Program – At a glance

NPS logoThe NPS Fire Science and Ecology Program is a partner with the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network. As part of the Branch of Wildland Fire, the Fire Science and Ecology Program is largely focused on integrating relevant science into wildland fire management at the national, regional, and park levels. The Branch of Wildland Fire provides programmatic support and policy direction to NPS units for wildland fire management, with the Fire Science and Ecology Program leading the fire ecology, burned area emergency rehabilitation, smoke management, geospatial analysis, and social science components of wildland fire in the NPS. Each of these components is strongly grounded in science. For more information, visit NPS Science, Ecology, and Research.

FRAMES – A new look and feel

FRAMES logoThe close of 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES). Developed in 2002 for wildland fire managers and researchers by the University of Idaho (UI) in collaboration with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, FRAMES experienced a number of changes in 2012.  Read more

New JFSP Fire Science Digest on smoke

JFSP FIre Science Digest smoke science planThe new Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Fire Science Digest provides an overview of the 2010 JFSP Smoke Science Plan, which presents a detailed path forward, and a focused, integrated research agenda that is responsive to the needs of land resource managers and air quality regulators. The Digest unites four themes, each of them addressing a need, and each need resulting from a large “driver” that has historically impacted and will continue to impact wildland fire management in the United States.  View the Fire Science Digest

JFSP publications available for mobile devices

Image of iPad with JFSP publicationJoint Fire Science Program (JFSP) publications are now available at Scribd for reading on your smart phone, iPad, or other mobile devices without downloading. If you cannot access Scribd from your government devices because of concerns for information security, the publications will continue to be posted in PDF on

View JFSP publications at Scribd

JFSP solicits feedback on publications

The Northern Rockies Fire Science Network will be helping the JFSP collect feedback on publications such as the Fire Science Digest, Fire Science Briefs, and the JFSP FLASH/Newsletter by distributing an electronic survey. JFSP is especially interested in the opinions of fire professionals, so please take time to complete this 15 minute survey when you see it. Feedback will be used to make decisions about the future of these publications.

Behave scientist Pat Andrews retires

Image of Pat AndrewsPat Andrews, Research Physical Scientist for the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, has retired after 39 years of Federal service.  As “Miss Behave” Pat led development of the BehavePlus fire modeling system and she worked on the Wildland Fire Assessment System and the National Fire Danger Rating System. Pat’s focus has always been on science integration and the application of fire behavior and fire danger research.  Read more

2012 fire season and the changing climate

map of 2012 fires in USThe Earth Observatory reports that records maintained by the National Interagency Fire Center and NASA both indicate that 2012 was an extraordinary year for wildfires in the United States. As of November, 2012, more than 9.1 million acres have burned. The total number of fires, 55,505, was low for 2012, but the average fire size was the highest on record. During a press conference at the 2012 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, scientists presented information and answered questions about the 2012 fire season and the changing climate. A video of the press conference and the presentation slides are available.  Read more


Jan 24
Great Basin LANDFIRE

Feb 6
An overview of the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) project and field-based burn severity assessment


Fire Lab 2013 schedule
Recordings available on website after seminar. For VCT hook-up, contact

March 7
Network of Fire Science Champions


Feb 18-22
IAWF fire behavior and fuels conference
Raleigh, NC

Feb 21
Assisted migration: A primer for reforestation and restoration decision makers workshop
Portland, OR

March 14
IFT-DDS evaluation workshop
Missoula, MT

April 1-13
Western wildfire conference
Kelowna, BC

Sept 20-21
Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation workshop
Bozeman, MT



Tree spatial patterns in fire-frequent forests of western North America, including mechanisms of pattern formation and implications for designing fuel reduction and restoration treatments

Introduced annual grass increases regional fire activity across the arid western USA (1980–2009)

Using fire to increase the scale, benefits, and future maintenance of fuels treatments

Framework for addressing the national wildland urban interface fire problem: determining fire and ember exposure zones using a WUI hazard scale


Wildfire triage: targeting mitigation based on social, economic, and ecological values

Preliminary results from a survey of U.S. Forest Service wildfire managers' attitudes toward aviation personnel exposure and risk

Research perspectives on the public and fire management: a synthesis of current social science on eight essential questions


Future of America’s forest and rangelands: Forest Service 2010 Resources Planning Act assessment

People restoring America’s forests: 2012 report on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

Western Cohesive Strategy Draft Action Plan

Comment period open Jan 18-Feb 1


Revised Forest Service Manual 5100 fire management policy


Catching FIre


FireWorks workshop
Missoula, MT


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