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

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Natural Fuels Photo Series and the Digital Photo Series
The Natural Fuels Photo Series currently includes ten volumes representing various regions of the United States and one volume from Brazil. There are one to four series in each volume, each having four to 17 sites. Sites include standard, wide-angle, and stereo-pair photographs. Each group of photos includes inventory data summarizing vegetation composition, structure, and loading; woody material loading; density by size class, forest floor depth, and loading; and various site characteristics.

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Volume I: Mixed-Conifer with Mortality, Western Juniper, Sagebrush, and Grassland Types in the Interior Pacific Northwest
The sites in this volume provide a basis for appraising and describing woody material, vegetation, and stand conditions in many areas across the interior Pacific Northwest. Sites photographed for the series in this volume were selected to show a range of conditions of several site attributes depending on the ecosystem type. The 17 mixed-conifer sites show ranges of down and dead woody material loading and insect-related tree mortality. The four western juniper and four sagebrush sites depict varying degrees of western juniper and sagebrush density, respectively. The four grassland sites represent a range of total biomass.

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Volume II: Black Spruce and White Spruce Types in Alaska
The sites in this volume provide a basis for appraising and describing woody material, vegetation, and stand conditions in many areas across Alaska. Sites photographed for this series were selected to show a range of conditions of several site attributes. Both the black spruce sites (14) and white spruce sites (12) represent a range of tree sizes and densities. In addition, the white spruce sites show a range of woody material loadings.

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Volume IIa: Hardwoods with Spruce in Alaska
The sites in this volume provide a basis for appraising and describing woody material, vegetation, and stand conditions in many areas throughout south-central and interior Alaska. Sites photographed for the series in this volume were selected to represent a range of conditions in Alaska hardwood ecosystems undergoing succession to spruce.

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Volume VII: Oregon White Oak, California Deciduous Oak, and Mixed-Conifer with Shrub Types in the Western United States
The sites in this volume provide a basis for appraising and describing a range of natural conditions and fuel loadings in deciduous oak woodland and savannah ecosystems in Washington, Oregon, and California, and mixed-conifer with shrub ecosystems in southwestern Oregon. Each group of photos includes inventory data summarizing vegetation composition, structure, and loading; woody material loading and density by size class; forest floor depth and loading; and various site characteristics.

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Digital Photo Series
The Digital Photo Series is a software application that couples a fuels database with a user-friendly interface. It contains searchable and sortable data and images for over 350 sites (currently available in the Natural Fuels Photo Series publications), describing fuels in a wide range of ecosystems from across the U.S. Each entry includes, among other items, a description of the site, species composition, fuel loading and arrangement, and overstory composition and structure. These data can be used for planning fuels treatments or other management actions, and as inputs to fire behavior and fire effects models and applications. In the future it will display data not originally included in the original books (due to publication limitations) and it will provide added functionality for fire and fuels planners and scientists. The Digital Photo Series complements the paper and ink versions available now and in the future; it is designed as a tool to more easily and effectively use the comprehensive data sets available for numerous ecosystems for strategic planning and analysis, and for implementation of field projects.

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Comments/suggestions?Last updated: 09/18/2006
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