Dr. Jane Wolken, ofJaneWolken.png University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning, summarized the history and current use of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating system in a Summary Report at the request of the Alaska Wildfire Coordinating Group. The report reviews 8 topics for which the Alaska Interagency Fire Community wanted to evaluate the ‘state of knowledge’:
1)    Overwintering stations: pros and cons
2)    Fuel moisture measurements and comparisons
3)    Adjustment of mid- season indices based on fuel moisture measurements
4)    Whether data trends or raw values are more important for fire behavior prediction
5)    Impacts of using solar noon vs. non-solar noon observations
6)    Effects of errors in precipitation reporting
7)    Analysis of field data from Alaska
8)    Justification for thresholds in fire danger rating charts
Jane reviewed more than 60 documents for this report and provides a preliminary summary of the most relevant resources,including peer-reviewed journal publications, government technical reports, conference proceedings, results from workshop/conference presentations, and personal communications from individuals in the local and international wildfire community.


ZielPoster-thumb.PNGPoster: Expanding the Use of Weather Forecast Products

This poster reviews current assessment products on the AICC Predictive Service Web page (like forecasts, lightning, and imagery) and examines some other tools and sources of data that Alaska fire managers might be able to use to improve fire weather forecasts.

Expanding the use of weather forecast products for fire management decision-makers (Ziel & Branson, 2014)  (pdf, 46 MB)


Alaska Field Guide For CFFDRS Fire Weather Index (FWI) System

This field guide is designed to give users a brief overview of the CFFDRS Fire Weather Index System, handy conversion tables, and instructions for calculating fuel moisture codes (FFMC, DMC, and DC), fire behavior indexes (ISI and BUI) and the Fire Weather Index (FWI) from the field.

AK Field Guide for CFFDRS Fire Weather Index (FWI) System  (pdf, 2.3 MB; 2014)



Alaska Field Guide for CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System

This document can be used to guide learning users through the fire behavior assessment process from the fireline and field office locations and can also provide important details on fire behavior. Worksheets, definitions, fuel model charts, and fire behavior tables are included.

AK Field Guide for CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System  (pdf, 4.2 MB; March 2, 2014)


Fuel Model Guide to Alaska Vegetation

This guidebook contains fuels and fire behavior information and vegetation characteristics for Alaska. Each fuel type (taken from 4th level Viereck classification names) is associated with up to three illustrative photos, the most appropriate fuel models, the primary carrier of fire, fire behavior notes, vegetation characteristics, individual 4th-level Viereck classes, and fuel types with similar characteristics.  This document also contains a crosswalk from vegetation class to various fuel models.

Fuel Model Guide to Alaska Vegetation  (pdf, 6.9 MB)

Updated (2008) Fuel Model Crosswalk (pdf, 37 KB)



Fire Effects Monitoring Protocol

This document provides basic protocols to monitor and inventory Alaska fuels and/or fire effects. This protocol provides sampling guidance to meet common fire effects monitoring objectives; however, each project lead should consider how well this protocol meets specific project objectives. These guidelines for monitoring wildland fires, prescribed fires and mechanical treatments were developed in consultation with the Interagency Alaska Fire Effects Task Group (FETG), NPS Fire Monitoring Handbook (FMH 2003), and USFS FIREMONmethods.

Fire Effects Monitoring Protocol  (pdf, 450 KB)



AWFCG Fire Research Needs Lists 2011-2017

The following lists of fire research topics and questions are generated by personnel from agencies and organizations within AWFCG and updated by the AWFCG Fire Research, Development and Application Committee (FRDAC) every 2-3 years. The topics are initially ranked by the FRDAC based on 3 criteria: direct management application, data needs, and use to multiple agencies. AWFCG reviews and adjusts the rankings. The lists below are sorted by highest priority (1 through 25).

Fire Research Needs List 2011-2013  (pdf, 379 KB)
Fire Research Needs List 2014-2017  (pdf, 184 KB)

Fire Research Needs Webpage


Alaska Live Fuel Moisture Sampling (Field Guides)

The FRDAC and Alaska Fire Sciene Consortium (AFSC) updated and improved fuel moisture sampling methods for 4 sample types (foliar, duff, woody and herbaceous) and created data entry and sample processing instructions. These field guides have been distuributed at various workshops and meetings in 2012 and 2013. They were created to provide step by step instruction for collecting samples and processing moisture data as part of an effort to establish monitoring sites for evaluating seasonal moisture trends in Alaska and continued CFFDRS fuel moisture code validation.

See more information on 2013 Fuel Moisture Sampling Workshop page. Visit the National Fuel Moisture Database (Alaska Data).


Alaska Fire & Fuels Research Map

This product provides online site-level information and locations for fire and fuels-related studies through a map interface. The FRDAC was a major contributor to the Fire & Fuels Map and was completed as part of a Joint Fire Science project. This map is hosted through Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Several FRDAC members also served as Co-Principal Investigators on this project.

Alaska Fire & Fuels Research Map

Research Map Factsheet  (pdf)



Alaska Fire Reference Database

This database orginated from a need to consolidate and share all forms of documentation related to fire in Alaska and other boreal ecosystems. This Joint Fire Science project compiled individual reference catalogs, many of which originated from FRDAC members, into an online searchable database called FireHouse. This database is now maintained by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium and FRAMES and is hosted through the FRAMES Research Catalog. Several FRDAC members also served as Co-Principal Investigators.

Alaska Fire Reference Database


LANDFIRE Alaska Webinar Series

This 2-part webinar series was a collaborative effort between the USFWS, FRDAC, Alaska Fire Science Consortium and the LANDFIRE project team. This series focused on LANDFIRE National products that are available in Alaska, the scope and schedule of the Refresh project, and many other topics.

Webinar Series Agenda  (pdf)

video_watch.jpgLANDFIRE Alaska: Part 1  (wmv, 98 MB)

video_watch.jpgLANDFIRE Alaska: Part 2  (wmv, 136 MB)

For individual presentations (pdf format), see the LANDFIRE Alaska Webinar Series page.

forecast_fig_.jpg Experimental Forecast of Area Burned in Alaska

The purpose of this experimental forecast is to provide managers with a forecast of the area burned in Interior Alaska for the upcoming fire season. The forecast is available back to 2001.

View the experimental forecast page here

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