Associated Projects

    03-S-01: Demonstration and integration of systems for fire remote sensing, ground-based fire measurement, and fire modeling

    Colin Hardy, Project Leader, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountian Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, PO Box 8089, Missoula, MT 59807; Phone: 406-329-4978; E-mail:

    Other Cooperators:
    Philip Riggan, USFS, PSW
    Francis Fujioka, USFS, PSW
    Wei Min Hao, USFS, RMRS
    Robert Kremens, Rochester Institute of Technology
    Rodman Linn, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Kevin Ryan, USFS, RMRS
    Bret Butler, USFS, RMRS
    Mark Finney, USFS, RMRS
    James Hoffman, Space Instruments
    Penelope Morgan, University Idaho
    Lloyd Queen, University of Montana

    This project will conduct a proof-of-concept research to compare state-of-science space-borne, airborne, and ground-based fire measurement systems; begin evaluation of two fire-behavior simulation models; test the utility of the airborne remote sensing for incident management; and investigate the development of a common database architecture. Significant and complementary linkages exist between this proposal and those previously submitted under JFSP RFP-2003-2 Task 1, by Finney and others (Modeling surface winds in complex terrain for wildland fire incident support) and Morgan and others (Assessing the causes, consequences and spatial variability of burn severity: a rapid response proposal).

    03-1-3-08: Forest Floor Consumption and Smoke Characterization in Boreal Forested Fuelbed Types of Alaska

    Roger D. Ottmar, Research Forester, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 400 North 34th Street, Suite 201, Seattle, Washington 98103; Phone (206) 732-7800; E-mail:

    Other Cooperators:
    Ron Babbitt, Rocky Mountain Research Station
    Sue Ferguson, Pacific Northwest Research Station
    Robert Vihnanek, Pacific Northwest Research Station
    Kent Slaughter, BLM Alaska Fire Service
    Randi Jandt, BLM Alaska Fire Service
    Jennifer Allen, National Park Service
    Karen Murphy, Fish and Wildlife Service
    Brad Cella, National Park Service
    Larry Vanderlinden, Fish and Wildlife Service
    Scott Billings, Alaska Fire Service
    Dave Dash, Alaska Fire Service

    The purpose of this study is to collect fuel consumption data and characterize smoke emissions on active wildfires and prescribed fires. The data will be used to develop new and modify existing forest floor fuel consumption models and develop emission rate equations for the boreal forest fuelbed type. The fuel consumption and emission factors and rate equations will be implemented into the software program Consume 3.0 to better predict moss/peat/duff fuel consumption and smoke production during wildland fires in Alaska. This research will make Consume 3.0 and other fuel consumption, fire effects, and smoke production models more robust and aid managers, planners, and researchers in developing environmentally, socially, and legally responsible land management plans. This research will also allow for a more effective and informed use of emission production and wildfire/prescribed fire trade-off models providing improved wildland fire emissions accounting and planning at the local, regional, and global scales. The fuel consumption and smoke characterization module will be a scientifically based support tool that can be used to improve fire management decision processes (AFP-2003-2, task #1 and linkages with AFP-2003-1, task 3).

    Refinement and Development of Fire Management Decision Support Models Through Field Assessment of Relationships Between Stand Characteristics, Fire Behavior and Burn Severity (awarded in 2004)

    Ann Camp, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511;

    Philip N. Omi, Professor Forest Fire Science, Dept. of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1472; Phone: (970) 491-5819;

    Other Cooperators:
    Randi Jandt, Alaska Fire Service