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

www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/firehouse 

Fire Effects Planning Framework (FEPF)
This project developed a protocol managers can use to identify key areas of fire risk and systematically determine where and under what conditions fire will benefit ecological conditions while reducing fuels. Information about fire weather, vegetation, and fire behavior is used to build a library of maps that display the expected fire behavior under critical fire weather conditions and resulting effects on different social and ecological values. An important feature of this protocol is that fire effects are expressed in terms meaningful to both fire managers and land managers, thereby bridging a common communication gap that exists between those two groups. The map library can be used to a) identify areas where opportunities exist for achieving resource benefits on a wildfire incident, b) assist in planning fuels reduction projects, c) provide critical information for Resource Management Plans, and d) monitor and report progress towards goals. With better-informed decisions, managers can focus suppression resources where fires pose clear risks, and avoid costly expenditures where fires confer resource benefits.

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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 Ė 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 nationís 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