A Synthesis of Live Fuel Moisture and Wildland Fire, and Development of a National Historical Live Fuel Moisture Database
Principal Investigator(s):
  • W. Matt Jolly
    US Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
Co-Principal Investigator(s):
  • Patricia L. Andrews
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
  • Colin C. Hardy
    US Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • James M. Saveland
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Completion Date: March 26, 2008

Cataloging Information

  • annotated bibliography
  • decision support
  • fire potential
  • live fuel moisture
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 15176


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.