Fire Effects Information System - At a Glance
The Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) is a national fire project housed in Missoula, MT that contains reviews of the scientific literature on fire regimes and on how fire affects plants and animals in the United States.
FEIS has new search capabilities that enable users to find FEIS literature reviews by location, life forms, plant community, nativity, invasiveness, and/or federal legal status. Because FEIS covers mostly common plant and animal species, a map-based search may identify hundreds of species reviews that apply to a given location.
FEIS is producing a new collection of literature reviews called Fire Regime Syntheses. These provide up-to-date information on fire regimes of US ecosystems based on the scientific literature and LANDFIRE Biophysical Settings models. Fire Regime Syntheses cover not only characteristics of historical fire regimes but also contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes. Each Fire Regime Synthesis is linked to related FEIS Species Reviews. See the synthesis on Alaskan black spruce communities as an example.
A new FEIS user interface, to be completed in December 2014, will make fire regime information accessible for all 1,200 FEIS Species Reviews and for 2,500 LANDFIRE Biophysical Settings.