Natural Fuels Photo Series and the Digital Photo Series
Principal Investigator(s):
  • Roger D. Ottmar
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Clinton S. Wright
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Robert E. Vihnanek
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Paige C. Eagle
    University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
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Cataloging Information

  • FERA - Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
  • fire management
  • fuel loading
  • photo series
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Record Last Modified: August 13, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 965


The natural fuels photo series project is designed to help land managers appraise fuel and vegetation conditions in natural settings. Each group of photos in a series includes inventory information summarizing vegetation composition, structure and loading and, as appropriate woody material loading and density by size class, forest floor depth and loading, and various site characteristics. Once an assessment of fuel and vegetation conditions has been completed, stand treatment options, such as prescribed fire or harvesting, can be planned and implemented to better achieve desired effects while minimizing negative impacts on other resources. The Digital Photo Series takes advantage of data collected for published photo series and takes advantage of technology to create a software application that includes a fuels database allowing users to search, browse, compare and format output for other fire science software. It complements, but does not replace, the paper and ink versions available now and in the future.

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