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The FRAMES mission supports wildland fire and natural resource professionals and policymakers by promoting and facilitating information and technology sharing, exchange, collaboration, and development through a state-of-the-art web-based content management system and resource cataloging system. The use of FRAMES information technologies is intended to help eliminate redundancy, reduce costs, and promote increased productivity and efficiency for the professionals responsible for wildland fire and fire-related research and management.


Development of The Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES) began in 2002 at the University of Idaho with funding support from the USDA Forest Service’s Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory in response to the need for cataloging and organizing wildland fire tools, data, and documents into a single system. Following the 1999 Joint Fire Science Program's conference and workshop entitled, "Crossing the Millennium: Integrating Spatial Technologies and Ecological Principles for a New Age in Fire Management" there was a clear need for managing what was described as a "deluge of data" and other information that would become increasingly available in the 21st century to wildland fire and other natural resource managers. FRAMES was proposed as a mechanism for ongoing information exchange and technology transfer between the wildland fire management and research communities.

Resource Catalog

The FRAMES Resource Catalog strives to be a comprehensive source of information about wildland fire-related resources, targeted to wildland fire and other natural resource professionals.


In 2011, the Tall Timbers E. V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database was combined with the FRAMES Resource Catalog.

The Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Database provides access to an extensive collection of fire ecology and fire science literature (including historical works), with an emphasis on the southeastern United States.

FRAMES Resource Catalog

Events and Announcements

FRAMES compiles and posts Announcements and Jobs relevant to the fire research and management community, as well as fire-related events.

Events Calendar

Current Announcements and Jobs

Partner Sites

FRAMES offers website hosting and services for wildland fire researchers and managers. These Partner Sites are developed and maintained by partners.

Partner Sites Overview


The FRAMES Regions pages contain wildland fire content aggregated at a geographic level relevant to wildland fire management.

Regions Overview


The FRAMES Topics pages contain information relevant to topics of interest within the wildland fire community.

Topics Overview


The MyFRAMES Collaboration Space provides FRAMES partners with a private space for file sharing and storage.

MyFRAMES Collaboration Space



FRAMES is funded by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program.


FRAMES partners with the University of Idaho Research Computing and Data Services (RCDS) for website hosting and systems administration. RCDS provides research data management and computing support for University of Idaho researchers and their regional, national, and international collaborators.


FRAMES is located in the University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences.

Request Reports

If you would like to access previous FRAMES annual reports, please contact Lynn Wells to request a copy.

John Black headshot

We here at FRAMES are saddened by the passing in 2023 of John Black, our interface and graphic design guy of many years, but most importantly a good friend and colleague. We miss you, John. Happy trails.