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Project ID: 12-1-03-19

Year: 2012

Date Started: 10/01/2012

Date Completed: 09/30/2015

Title: Quantifying the Effectiveness and Longevity of Wildland Fire as a Fuel Treatment

Project Proposal Abstract: This proposal addresses JFSP announcement FA-RFA-12-0001, task statement #3 "Fuel treatment effectiveness." The proposed project will quantify the effectiveness of wildland fire as a fuel treatment in terms of its ability to limit the occurrence, extent, and burn severity (i.e. fire behavior) of subsequent fires. In addition, we will quantify the longevity of these effects. In an effort to broaden the applicability of our results, we will evaluate hundreds of wildfire treatments from multiple study areas that span a wide range of environmental conditions and represent a diversity of vegetation types. These results will provide land managers with quantitative information about fires ability to reduce future fire occurrence, fire extent, and burn severity. This information is critically necessary for formulating an appropriate management response to wildfire events, especially as recent changes in policy and climate will likely result in landscapes with more fire and repeated burns.

Principal Investigator: Carol L. Miller

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Cindy D. Gordon

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Budget Contact

Edith M. Cates

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Sean A. Parks

Forest Service

RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Funding Cooperator

Carol L. Miller

Forest Service

RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Project Locations







Pacific Coast States



Interior West


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   106 Ph.D. Dissertation Chapter 3: Ability of wildfires to limit the extent of subsequent fires
view or print   3626 Journal Article Ecological Applications
view or print   3627 Journal Article International Journal of Wildland Fire
view or print go to website 3513 Journal Article Ecosystems
  go to website 7624 Training Session The ability of wildland fire to act as a fuel treatment

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