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The Northwest Fire Science Consortium works to accelerate the awareness, understanding, and adoption of wildland fire science. We connect managers, practitioners, scientists, and local communities and collaboratives working on fire issues on forest and range lands in Washington and Oregon.

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NWFSC is one of
fifteen regional exchanges
sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program.

Communicating with the public about wildland fire


WildFire Communication Guide

Companion piece to the new sythesis! 

Hot Topics

Communicating with the public about wildland fire preparation, response, and recovery

Authored by A. Santo; H. Huber-Stearns; H. Smith; Published 2021

This literature review synthesizes empirical research about wildland fire communication to provide practitioners, such as
land managers, public health and safety officials,

NWFSC Research Brief #23 - Fire and Land Cover Change in the Palouse Praire-Forest Ecotone

Authored by N.W.Fire Scien Consortium; Published 2021

The Palouse Prairie is a highly endangered ecosystem found along the Idaho–Washington border. The Palouse Prairie intermixes with the imperiled ponderosa pine savanna along this

Spatial and temporal assessment of responder exposure to snag hazards in post-fire environments

Authored by C.J. Dunn; Published 2019

Researchers and managers increasingly recognize enterprise risk management as critical to addressing contemporary fire management challenges. Quantitative wildfire risk assessments

Adapting western North American forests to climate change and wildfires: ten common questions

Authored by S.J. Prichard; P.F. Hessburg; K. Hagmann; N.A. Povak; S.Z. Dobrowski; M.D. Hurteau; V.R. Kane; R.E. Keane; L.N. Kobziar; Published 2021

We review science-based adaptation strategies for western North American

Evidence for widespread changes in the structure, composition, and fire regimes of western North American forests

Authored by R.K. Hagmann; P.F. Hessburg; S.J. Prichard; N.A. Povak; P.M. Brown; P.Z. Fulé; R.E. Keane; E.E. Knapp; J.M. Lydersen; K.L. Metlen; M.J. Reilly; A.J.Sanchez Meador; S.L. Stephens; J.T. Stevens

Episodic occurrence of favourable weather constrains recovery of a cold desert shrubland after fire

Authored by A.K. Urza; P.J. Weisberg; D. Board; J.C. Chambers; S.G. Kitchen; B.A. Roundy; Published 2021

1. Key to the long-term resilience of dryland ecosystems is the recovery of foundation plant species

Wildfire and climate change adaptation of western North American forests: a case for intentional management

Authored by P.F. Hessburg; S.J. Prichard; K. Hagmann; N.A. Povak; F.K. Lake; Published 2021

Forest landscapes across western North America (wNA) have experienced extensive changes over the last two centuries,

Persistent effects of fire severity on ponderosa pine regeneration niches and seedling growth

Authored by S.M. Owen; C.H. Sieg; P.Z. Fulé; C.A. Gehring; L. .Baggett; J.M. Iniguez; P.J. Fornwalt; M.A. Battaglia; Published 2020

Several recent studies have documented how fire severity affects the density and spatial

Hazards of Risk: Identifying Plausible Community Wildfire Disasters in Low-Frequency Fire Regimes

Authored by A. McEvoy; B.K. Kerns; J.B. Kim; Published 2021

Optimized wildfire risk reduction strategies are generally not resilient in the event of
unanticipated, or very rare events, presenting a hazard in