Fire ecology assessment tool -- monitoring wildland fire and prescribed fire for adaptive management
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Tim Sexton
Publication Year: 2003

Cataloging Information

  • dead fuels
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire management
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • Idaho
  • JFSP - Joint Fire Science Program
  • live fuels
  • moisture
  • national parks
  • season of fire
  • temperature
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: July 12, 2021
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 16312
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Prescribed fire has been recognized for years as an effective for tool managing wildlands. However, there are many resource managers who remain sceptical that fire is the appropriate tool for managing some ecosystems and especially some specific natural or cultural resources. Questions concerning burn seasonality, frequency, intensity, patch size, as well as prescription parameters such as live and dead moisture content, firing patterns, windspeed, temperature and others create conflict between advocates and opponents of fire use. Thousands of studies have been conducted to quantify the effects of fire but little has been done to comprehensively monitor fire effects and correlate these effects to the variables associated with burns. We describe a strategy that is reaching maturity after over a decade of development within the National Park Service. The Fire Ecology Assessment Tool (FEAT) provides a complete tool for collecting, analysing, displaying and archiving data and analysis of fire effects for prescribed and wildland fire.

Online Link(s):
Sexton, T. 2003. Fire ecology assessment tool -- monitoring wildland fire and prescribed fire for adaptive management, Second International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress and Fifth Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology, 16-20 November 2003, Orlando, FL [program volume and electronic resource]. American Meteorological Society,Boston, MA. p. 108-109,