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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

Fire severity infuences large wood and stream ecosystem responses in western Oregon watersheds

Authored by A.A. Coble; B.E. Penaluna; L.J. Six; J. Verschuyl; Published 2023

Background. Wildfre is a landscape disturbance important for stream ecosystems and the recruitment of large wood (LW; LW describes wood in

Towards an Integrated Approach to Wildfire Risk Assessment: When, Where, What and How May the Landscapes Burn

Authored by E. Chuvieco; M. Yebra; S. Martino; K. Thonicke; M. Gómez-Giménez; J. San-Miguel; D. Oom; R. Velea; F. Mouillot; J.R. Molina; A.I. Miranda; D. Lopes; M. Salis; M. Bugaric; M. Sofiev; E. Kadantsev

Downslope Wind-Driven Fires in the Western United States

Authored by J.T. Abatzoglou; C.A. Kolden; A.P. Williams; M. Sadegh; J.K. Balch; A. Hall; Published 2023

Downslope wind-driven fires have resulted in many of the wildfire disasters in the western United States and represent a unique hazard to infrastructure and human life. We analyze the co-

Shaded fuel breaks create wildfire-resilient forest stands: lessons from a long-term study in the Sierra Nevada

Authored by K.E. Low; J.J. Battles; R.E. Tompkins; C.P. Dillingham; S.L. Stephens; B.M. Collins; Published 2023



Flammability study of decking sections found at the Wildland–Urban interface at different scales

Authored by V. Tihay-Felicelli; K. Meerpoel-Pietri; P.A. Santoni; F. Morandini; A. Pieri; T. Barboni; Published 2023

This work presents a study of the fire reaction of two types of decking sections (wood and

All boreal forest successional stages needed to maintain the full suite of soil biodiversity, community composition, and function following wildfire

Authored by T.M. Porter; E. Smenderovac; D. Morris; L. Venier; Published 2023

Wildfire is a natural disturbance in boreal forest systems that has been

A firebreak placement model for optimizing biodiversity protection at landscape scale

Authored by J. Carrasco; R. Mahaluf; F. Lisón; C. Pais; A. Miranda; F. de la Barra; D. Palacios; A. Weintraub; Published 2023

A solution approach is proposed to optimize the selection of landscape cells for inclusion in

Prescribed burning on private land: reflections on recent law reform in Australia and California

Authored by P.C. McCormack; R.K. Miller; J. McDonald; Published 2023

Background. Prescribed fire is a critical tool for building resilience to changing fire regimes. Policymakers can accelerate the development of

Social drivers of vulnerability to wildfire disasters: A review of the literature

Authored by N. Lambrou; C. Kolden; A. Loukaitou-Sideris; E. Anjum; C. Acey; Published 2023

The increase of wildfire disasters globally has highlighted the need to understand and mitigate human vulnerability to wildfire. In response, there has been a

A comparison of smoke modelling tools used to mitigate air quality impacts from prescribed burning

Authored by M.M. Johnson; F. Garcia-Menendez; Published 2023

Background. Prescribed fire is a land management tool used extensively across the United States. Owing to health and safety risks, smoke emitted by burns

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Forest Service: Insights for Local Job Creation and Equity from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Authored by S. Charnley; E.J. Davis; J. Schelhas; Published 2023

The USDA Forest Service received $5.447 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Exploring the impact of airtanker drops on in-stand temperature and relative humidity

Authored by M. Wheatley; A. Cotton-Gagnon; J. Boucher; M. Wotton; C.B. McFayden; N. Jurko; J. Robinson; Published 2023

Background. There has been little quantification of the extent and duration of micro- meteorological changes within a forest

Stop going around in circles: towards a reconceptualisation of disaster risk management phases

Authored by L. Bosher; K. Chmutina; D. van Niekerk; Published 2021


The way that disasters are managed, or indeed mis-managed, is often

Drivers of California’s changing wildfires: a state-of-the-knowledge synthesis

Authored by G. MacDonald; T. Wall; C.A.F. Enquist; S.R. LeRoy; J.B. Bradford; D.D. Breshears; T. Brown; D. Cayan; C. Dong; D.A. Falk; E. Fleishman; A. Gershunov; M. Hunter; R.A. Loehman; P.J. van Mantgem; B.Rose Middleton; H.D. Safford; M.W. Schwartz; V.

Quantifying the contribution of major carbon producers to increases in vapor pressure deficit and burned area in western US and southwestern Canadian forests

Authored by K.A. Dahl; J.T. Abatzoglou; C.A. Phillips; P. Ortiz-Partida; R. Licker; D. Merner; B. Ekwurzel; Published 2023

Increases in burned forest

DUET - Distribution of Understory using Elliptical Transport: A mechanistic model of leaf litter and herbaceous spatial distribution based on tree canopy structure

Authored by J.S. McDanold; R.R. Linn; A.K. Jonko; A.L. Atchley; S.L. Goodrick; K. Hiers; C.M. Hoffman; L.E. Loudermilk; J.J. O'Brien; R.A. Parsons; C.H.

Topographic information improves simulated patterns of post-fire conifer regeneration in the southwest United States

Authored by C.Gyo Jung; A.R. Keyser; C.C. Remy; D. Krofcheck; C.D. Allen; M.D. Hurteau; Published 2023

The western United States is projected to experience more frequent and severe wildfires in

A data‐driven analysis and optimization of the impact of prescribed fire programs on wildfire risk in different regions of the USA

Authored by E. Jose; P. Agarwal; J. Zhuang; Published 2023

In the current century, wildfires have shown an increasing trend, causing a huge amount of direct and indirect

Wildfire facilitates upslope advance in a shade-intolerant but not a shade-tolerant conifer

Authored by E.G. Brodie; J.A.E. Stewart; S. Winsemius; J.E.D. Miller; A.M. Latimer; H.D. Safford; Published 2023

Wildfires may facilitate climate tracking of forest species moving upslope or north in latitude. For subalpine tree

A Comparison of Four Spatial Interpolation Methods for Modeling Fine-Scale Surface Fuel Load in a Mixed Conifer Forest with Complex Terrain

Authored by C.M. Hoffman; J.P. Ziegler; W.T. Tinkham; J.Kevin Hiers; A.T. Hudak; Published 2023

Patterns of spatial heterogeneity in forests and other fire-prone ecosystems