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

www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/firehouse 

Refinement and Development of Fire Management Decision Support Models for Use in Alaska's Boreal Forest
The goal of this research project is to determine the range of ages where regenerating black spruce forests can function as reliable fuel breaks. It also seeks to reveal how fuel complexes change as stands develop. During the summers of 2004 and 2005, intensive stand evaluation plots were established at 30 sites throughout interior Alaska. Stand ages ranged from two to more than 200 years old, providing a wide range of seral stages. Sampling included the variables necessary for custom fuel model inputs for BehavePlus. Eighteen of the 30 sites were placed in areas that were likely to burn during the 2004 and 2005 wildfires. Fourteen of the 18 sites eventually burned over. Fuel moistures, fire weather and fire video data were collected at nine of those sites.

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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