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Project ID: 14-1-02-30

Year: 2014

Date Started: 10/01/2014

Ending Date:  10/01/2017

Title: Evaluation of past-fire mosaics on subsequent wildfire behavior, severity and management strategies

Project Proposal Abstract: Our study will evaluate the influence of past wildfires on subsequent fire behavior, fire severity, and management responses within three study areas, located across the inland Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies. The focus will be on high-severity fire regimes in montane, forested landscapes because wildfires in these systems are typically the most difficult and costly to control. Using past wildfires to manage subsequent wildfires may be one of the most promising approaches to future wildfire management in these systems. We will use a combination of burn severity analysis of reburn areas of past wildfires and simulation analysis informed by field data to evaluate the effectiveness of past wildfires as landscape fuel treatments and their potential role in wildland fire management operations. We will directly involve wildland fire managers in project design and implementation, and through collaborations with managers provide a quantitative examination of the role of past wildfires on subsequent fire management operations under a range of climatic conditions. Our deliverables will include an analysis of fire spread and severity in recent reburns of landscape burn scars, simulations of predicted fire spread across landscapes, sample fire management strategies, and examples of strategic responses developed in the Wildland Fire Decision Support System that incorporate landscape mosaics created by past wildfires. Data layers will be archived and made available as sample datasets and training modules for fire management courses. We will conduct three manager workshops and present results at scientific meetings and regional webinars through the Northwest Fire Science Consortium and Northern Rockies Fire Science Network.

Principal Investigator: Susan J. Prichard

Agency/Organization: University of Washington

Branch or Dept: School of Forest Resources


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Rebecca A. Slick

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Budget Contact

Rebecca A. Slick

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Robert W Gray

R. W. Gray Consulting Ltd.

Co-Principal Investigator

Richy J. Harrod

Forest Service

Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests

Co-Principal Investigator

Penny M. Morgan

University of Idaho

Department of Forest Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

Roger D. Ottmar

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Funding Cooperator

Roger D. Ottmar

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances


Project Locations

Consortium

Northern Rockies

Northwest


Level

State

Agency

Unit

REGIONAL

Interior West

FS

REGIONAL

Pacific Coast States

FS


Project Deliverables

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