The Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse
 The Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse

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Ventilation Climate Information System: A Management Tool for Smoke and Other Pollutants (VCIS)
The ventilation climate information system (VCIS) allows users to assess risks to values of air quality and visibility from historical patterns of ventilation conditions. It is available through an interactive, Internet map server that allows maps of ventilation potential to be overlain with sensitive receptors, terrain features, or political boundaries. The ventilation index data apply to local, regional, or national scales, for use by local, state, tribal, and federal managers of smoke or other pollutants. Maps and graphs of historical ventilation conditions can be included in fire- or smoke-management plans, used to illustrate concerns in public meetings, and overlain with other values at risk. The data can be used to help develop plans for avoiding smoke impacts and optimizing the use of prescribed fire at specific places or certain times of year. Spatial patterns of risks to air quality and visibility are illustrated in maps of monthly averaged values. Frequency statistics at selected points show temporal dimension of risk. Values at risk can be assessed for specific airsheds and compared over time or with other airsheds.

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Comments/suggestions?Last updated: 01/19/2007
FIREHouse is a collaboration between the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA) of the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory; the University of Washington; the National Park Service; the Bureau of Land Management – Alaska Fire Service; the US Fish and Wildlife Service; and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). The NBII is a broad, collaborative program that provides increased access to data and information on the nation’s biological resources. Funding for FIREHouse has been provided by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) and NBII. FIREHouse is coordinating efforts with the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES) project team. Content on FIREHouse will provide substantial contributions to the Northwest Fire Science Portal and the Alaska Fire Science Portal.
 
Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Seattle, WA USDA Forest Service Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES)    National Biological Information Infrastructure
College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
National Park Service Alaska Fire Service US Fish & Wildlife Service