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Project ID: 05-4-2-03

Year: 2005

Date Started: 05/13/2005

Date Completed: 02/14/2007

Title: Expanding FIREHouse (the Northwest Fire Research Clearinghouse) to Alaska

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose to expand the Northwest Fire Research Clearinghouse (FIREHouse) (see fera/firehouse) to include projects relevant specifically to fire management in Alaska. FIREHouse was originally funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) in 2003 (project number 03-4-2-06: A regional information node for fire science in the Pacific Northwest, in response to AFP 2003-4, Task 2), and the current goal is to provide user-friendly, web-based documentation and data on fire science and technology relevant to Washington, Oregon and Idaho. As of December 2004, FIREHouse has posted information about 23 projects (and over 30 more projects are pending approval by the researchers), many of which were funded either by the JFSP or the National Fire Plan (NFP). For each project posted, the goal is to provide, as applicable, online, searchable access to: 1) metadata; 2) on-line publications; 3) bibliographic information, proposals, and study plans; 4) links to other sources of fire information; 5) information about technology transfer and applications in resource management; and 6) an educational component that uses common language and graphics to explain important findings. FIREHouse also offers server space, web and database support for researchers who choose to post their primary data on FIREHouse. As was originally proposed, the primary focus of FIREHouse has been to provide information about research based in the Northwest. However, there are several JFSP-funded projects focused solely or partly on research in Alaska, as well as numerous other projects funded by other entities, spread out across various agencies (e.g., National Park Service, BLM-Alaska Fire Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service fire-effects data; the multi-agency Alaska Fire References Database; the interagency FROSTFIRE project; forest health protection projects; fire history projects) that would lend well to online, more centralized access through FIREHouse. Two substantial deliverables included in the proposed expansion are the development of an online map interface displaying fire-effects plot metadata in Alaska, and the advancement of the Alaska Fire Reference Database by converting it into an online, searchable bibliographic database. Expanding FIREHouse to include Alaska addresses AFP 2005-4 Task 2 by facilitating the user-friendly dissemination of fire research to Alaska's resource managers, decision makers, and the general public.

Principal Investigator: Diana L. Olson

Agency/Organization: University of Idaho

Branch or Dept: College of Natural Resources

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jennifer L. Barnes

NPS-National Park Service

Alaska Regional Office-Fairbanks

Co-Principal Investigator

Randi R. Jandt

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

International Arctic Research Center

Federal Cooperator

David L. Peterson

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


There are no project locations identified for this project.

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
  go to website 2503 Journal Article Websites on Fire: FIREHouse
  go to website 899 Website FIREHouse provides online, searchable access to the following resources (as applicable): 1) project and tool descriptions, contact information and links; 2) online publications; 3) proposals and study plans; and 4) metadata; for 60 research projects relevant to Alaska. Please refer to Appendix 1 for a detailed list of JFSP projects with information posted on FIREHouse.
    2861 Training Session FEIS, FIREHouse and FRAMES
    2862 Poster The Northwest and Alaska Fire Reserach Clearinghouse (FIREHouse)
  go to website 2863 Website  
  go to website 2864 Website  

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