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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.


In light of the recent recommendations and direction by both Governor Brown (OR) and Governor Inslee (WA), as well as travel restrictions set by our agency partners, we have decided to postpone the Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium until later in 2020 or even early 2021.


Hot Topics

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in south-central Oregon

Authored by J.E. Halofsky; Published 2019

The South-Central Oregon Adaptation Partnership (SCOAP) was developed to identify climate change issues relevant for resource management on federal lands in south-central Oregon (Deschutes National Forest, Fremont-Winema National

Insights and suggestions for certified prescribed burn manager programs

Authored by M.S. Matonis; Published 2020

Prescribed burning is an effective method to reduce hazardous fuels and restore ecological conditions across a variety of ecosystems. Twenty-one states have laws or policies that direct state agencies to oversee formal

Fuel treatment effectiveness in the context of landform, vegetation, and large, wind‐driven wildfires

Authored by S.J. Prichard; Published 2020

Large wildfires (>50,000 ha) are becoming increasingly common in semi‐arid landscapes of the western United States. Although fuel reduction treatments are used

After the fire: Perceptions of land use planning to reduce wildfire risk in eight communities across the United States

Authored by M.H. Mockrin; Published 2020

Wildfire losses are increasing across the United States, and yet land use planning to reduce wildfire risk is not federally mandated and is rarely used

High‐severity wildfire leads to multi‐decadal impacts on soil biogeochemistry in mixed‐conifer forests

Authored by N.C. Dove; Published 2020

During the past century, systematic wildfire suppression has decreased fire frequency and increased fire severity in the western United States of

Invasive grasses: A new perfect storm for forested ecosystems?

Authored by B.K. Kerns; Published 2020

Exotic grasses are a widespread set of invasive species that are notable for their ability to significantly alter key aspects of ecosystem function. Understanding the role and importance of these invaders in forested landscapes has been limited but