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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

Consistent, high-accuracy mapping of daily and sub-daily wildfire growth with satellite observations

Authored by C.D. McClure; N.R. Pavlovic; S.M. Huang; M. Chaveste; N. Wang; Published 2023

Background: Fire research and management applications, such as fire behaviour analysis and emissions modelling, require

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

Intermittent fireline behaviour over porous vegetative media in different crossflow conditions

Authored by A. Singh; R.M. Ziazi; A. Simeoni; Published 2023

Background: Reliable wildfire prediction and efficient controlled burns require a comprehensive understanding of physical mechanisms controlling fire spread

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



Projecting live fuel moisture content via deep learning

Authored by L. Miller; L. Zhu; M. Yebra; C. Rüdiger; G.I. Webb; Published 2023

Background: Live fuel moisture content (LFMC) is a key environmental indicator used to monitor for high wildfire risk conditions. Many statistical models have been proposed to predict LFMC from remotely sensed data;

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

Changes in wildfire occurrence and risk to homes from 1990 through 2019 in the Southern Rocky Mountains, USA

Authored by T.J. Hawbaker; P.D. Henne; M.K. Vanderhoof; A.R. Carlson; M.H. Mockrin; V.C. Radeloff; Published 2023

Wildfires and housing development have increased since the 1990s, presenting unique

Governing wildfires: toward a systematic analytical framework

Authored by J.A. Kirschner; J. Clark; G. Boustras; Published 2022

Despite recent research, a systematic approach to understanding wildfire governance is lacking. This article addresses this deficit by systematically reviewing governance theories and concepts applied so far in the

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

Burnover events identified during the 2018 Camp Fire

Authored by E.D. Link; A. Maranghides; Published 2023

Background: The Camp Fire burned through communities in Butte County, California, on 8 November 2018. The fire destroyed over 18 000 structures and caused 85 fatalities, mostly within the first 12 h of the incident.

Aims: A post-fire case

Quantifying burned area of wildfires in the western United States from polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite active-fire detections

Authored by M.T. Berman; X. Ye; L.H. Thapa; D.A. Peterson; E.J. Hyer; A.J. Soja; E.M. Gargulinski; I. Csiszar; C.C. Schmidt; P.E. Saide; Published 2023

Background: Accurately

Less fuel for the next fire? Short-interval fire delays forest recovery and interacting drivers amplify effects

Authored by K.H. Braziunas; N.G. Kiel; M.G. Turner; Published 2023

As 21st-century climate and disturbance dynamics depart from historic baselines, ecosystem resilience is uncertain. Multiple drivers are

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-

An aridity threshold model of fire sizes and annual area burned in extensively forested ecoregions of the western USA

Authored by P.D. Henne; T.J. Hawbaker; Published 2023

Wildfire occurrence varies among regions and through time due to the long-term impacts of climate on fuel structure and short-term impacts on