Expanding FIREHouse (the Northwest Fire Research Clearinghouse) to Alaska
Principal Investigator(s):
Co-Principal Investigator(s):
  • David L. Peterson
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
Completion Date: February 14, 2007

Cataloging Information

  • FIREHouse - The Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse
  • information sharing
  • science delivery
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: November 6, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 25177


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.