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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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JFSP Regions


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

New collaborative storymap:

Fire in the Western U.S.

Big fires. Big challenges. Big need for regional learning & action.


Storymap // LANDFIRE Office hours presentation of storymap.

Hot Topics

Prioritizing science efforts to inform decision making on public lands

Authored by S.K. Carter; T.S. Haby; J.K. Meineke; A.C. Foster; L.E. McCall; L.D. Espy; M.A. Gilbert; J.E. Herrick; K.L. Prentice; Published 2023

Public land management agencies in the US are committed to using science-informed decision making, but there has been little

Future regional increases in simultaneous large Western USA wildfires

Authored by S. McGinnis; L. Kessenich; L. Mearns; A. Cullen; H. Podschwit; M. Bukovsky; Published 2023

Background: Wildfire simultaneity affects the availability and distribution of resources for fire management: multiple small fires require more resources to fight

Proportion of forest area burned at high-severity increases with increasing forest cover and connectivity in western US watersheds

Authored by E.J. Francis; P. Pourmohammadi; Z.L. Steel; B.M. Collins; M.D. Hurteau; Published 2023


In western

Consequential lightning-caused wildfires and the “let burn” narrative

Authored by B.M. Pietruszka; J.D. Young; K.C. Short; L.A.St. Denis; M.P. Thompson; D.E. Calkin; Published 2023


Current guidance for implementation of United States

Widespread exposure to altered fire regimes under 2 °C warming is projected to transform conifer forests of the Western United States

Authored by T.J. Hoecker; S.A. Parks; M. Krosby; S.Z. Dobrowski; Published 2023

Changes in wildfire frequency and severity are altering conifer forests and pose threats

Heading and backing fire behaviours mediate the influence of fuels on wildfire energy

Authored by J.D. Birch; M.B. Dickinson; A. Reiner; E.E. Knapp; S.N. Dailey; C. Ewell; J.A. Lutz; J.R. Miesel; Published 2023

Background: Pre-fire fuels, topography, and weather influence wildfire behaviour and fire-driven ecosystem carbon

Human and climatic influences on wildfires ignited by recreational activities in national forests in Washington, Oregon, and California

Authored by J.S. Jenkins; J.T. Abatzoglou; D.E. Rupp; E. Fleishman; Published 2023

In Washington, Oregon, and California, ignitions from recreational activities accounted for 12%

Building water resilience in the face of cascading wildfire risks

Authored by M.F. Belongia; C.Hammond Wagner; K.Quesnel Seipp; N.K. Ajami; Published 2023

Severe wildfire is altering the natural and the built environment and posing risks to environmental and societal health and well-being, including cascading impacts to water systems and built

Downwind Fire and Smoke Detection during a Controlled Burn—Analyzing the Feasibility and Robustness of Several Downwind Wildfire Sensing Modalities through Real World Applications

Authored by P. Chwalek; H. Chen; P. Dutta; J. Dimon; S. Singh; C. Chiang; T. Azwell; Published 2023

Wildfires have played

Identifying opportunity hot spots for reducing the risk of wildfire-caused carbon loss in western US conifer forests

Authored by J.L. Peeler; L. McCauley; K.L. Metlen; T. Woolley; K.T. Davis; M.D. Robles; R.D. Haugo; K.L. Riley; P.E. Higuera; J.E. Fargione; R.N. Addington; S. Bassett; K. Blankenship; M.J. Case; T.B.

Snag decomposition following stand-replacing wildfires alters wildlife habitat use and surface woody fuels through time

Authored by D.W. Peterson; E.K. Dodson; R.J. Harrod; Published 2023

High-severity wildfires create pulses of snags that serve a variety of functions as they decompose over time. Snag-related

Abrupt, climate-induced increase in wildfires in British Columbia since the mid-2000s

Authored by M.A. Parisien; Q.E. Barber; M.L. Bourbonnais; L.D. Daniels; M.D. Flannigan; R.W. Gray; K.M. Hoffman; P. Jain; S.L. Stephens; S.W. Taylor; E. Whitman; Published 2023

In the province of British Columbia, Canada, four of the most severe