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Project ID: 05-4-2-18

Year: 2005

Date Started: 05/13/2005

Date Completed: 03/26/2008

Title: A Synthesis of Live Fuel Moisture and Wildland Fire, and Development of a National Historical Live Fuel Moisture Database

Project Proposal Abstract: Live fuel moisture plays an important role in wildland fire. There is a need for a complete information synthesis on live fuel moisture that fire managers can use in wildland fire planning and implementation activities. And a complete review is needed to identify areas where additional investigations are required. We will prepare a synthesis of available information on live fuel moisture and wildland fire including combustion of live fuel, role of live fuel moisture in existing fire potential and fire behavior models and decision support systems, published observed fuel moisture data and seasonal trends for various species, operational sampling methods and programs, and remote sensing of live fuel moisture and vegetation state. This approach will summarize a wealth of important information into readily-useable references useful to fire managers and to researchers. We will produce two papers from this analysis: a research station publication and a peer-reviewed journal article. An annotated bibliography will be made available on the web, with scanned copies of proceedings and agency papers. We will also parse available historical live fuel moisture datasets into a user-friendly database and make it available through the World Wide Web.

Principal Investigator: William ’Matt’ M. Jolly

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Patricia L. Andrews

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

Colin C. Hardy

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire, Fuel & Smoke Science Program

Federal Cooperator

James Saveland

Forest Service

RMRS-Natural Resources Research Center

Project Locations





Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




Southern Rockies



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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1155 Government Publication Sensitivity of a Fire Behavior Model to Changes in Live Fuel Moisture
view or print   3119 Journal Article International Journal of Wildland Fire
    3464 Training Session Sensitivity of a Fire Behavior Model to Changes in Live Fuel Moisture
    3465 Training Session Sensitivity of a Fire Behavior Model to Changes in Live Fuel Moisture
  go to website 6312 Website  
    6313 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuel Models in BehavePlus
    5535 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Sensitivity of a Fire Behavior Model to Changes in Live Fuel Moisture

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