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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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Comparing smoke emissions and impacts under alternative forest management regimes

Authored by J.W. Long; S.A. Drury; S.G. Evans; C.J. Maxwell; R.M. Scheller; Published 2022 Smoke from wildfires has become a growing public health issue around the world but especially in western North America and California. At the same time, managers and scientists recommend thinning and intentional use of wildland

Converging and diverging burn rates in North American boreal forests from the Little Ice Age to the present

Authored by R.D. Chavardès; V. Danneyrolles; J. Portier; M.P. Girardin; D.M. Gaboriau; S. Gauthier; I. Drobyshev; D. Cyr; T. Wallenius; Y. Bergeron; Published 2022

Warning: This article contains terms, descriptions, and opinions used for historical context that may be culturally sensitive for

Themes and patterns in print media coverage of wildfires in the USA, Canada and Australia: 1986–2016

Authored by S. Sachdeva; S. McCaffrey; Published 2022

Background: Media wildfire coverage can shape public knowledge on fire-related issues, and potentially influence management decisions, so understanding the content of its coverage is important. Previous research examining media wildfire coverage

Rethinking the focus on forest fires in federal wildland fire management: Landscape patterns and trends of non-forest and forest burned area

Authored by M. R.Crist; Published 2023

For most of the 20th century and beyond, national wildland fire policies concerning fire suppression and fuels management have primarily focused on forested lands. Using summary statistics and landscape metrics, wildfire

A framework for quantifying forest wildfire hazard and fuel treatment effectiveness from stands to landscapes

Authored by S.M. Hood; M.J. Varner; T.B. Jain; J.M. Kane; Published 2022


Wildland fires are fundamentally landscape phenomena, making it imperative to evaluate wildland fire strategic goals and fuel treatment

Strategies to reduce wildfire smoke in frequently impacted communities in south-western Oregon

Authored by R.L. Graw; B.A. Anderson; Published 2022

Background: Efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of wildfire smoke have focused on modifying human behaviour to minimise individual exposure, largely accomplished by providing smoke forecasts, monitoring, and consistent public messaging.


A systematic review of empirical evidence for landscape-level fuel treatment effectiveness

Authored by S.T. McKinney; I. Abrahamson; T. Jain; N. Anderson; Published 2022


Adverse effects of wildfires can be mitigated within fuel treatments, but empirical evidence of their effectiveness across large areas is needed to

The True Cost of Wildfire in the Western U.S. 2022 Report

Authored by W.Forestry L. Coalition; Published 2022

T his report describes the full range of costs associated with wildland fire in the Western United States (U.S.) to help inform leaders and policymakers working to improve wildfire response and mitigation. Wildfire cost information has, in the past, primarily focused on suppression costs and

Comparing risk-based fuel treatment prioritization with alternative strategies for enhancing protection and resource management objectives

Authored by M.P. Thompson; K.C. Vogler; J.H. Scott; C. Miller; Published 2022


Advances in fire modeling help quantify and map various components and characterizations of wildfire

Landscape‑scale fuel treatment effectiveness: lessons learned from wildland fire case studies in forests of the western United States and Great Lakes region

Authored by A.K. Urza; B.B. Hanberry; T.B. Jain; Published 2023


Maximizing the effectiveness of fuel treatments at landscape scales is a key research and

The Economic Value of Fuel Treatments: A Review of the Recent Literature for Fuel Treatment Planning

Authored by M.E. Hunter; M.H. Taylor; Published 2022

This review synthesizes the scientific literature on fuel treatment economics published since 2013 with a focus on its implications for land managers and policy makers. We review the literature on whether fuel treatments are financially

Actionable social science can guide community level wildfire solutions. An illustration from North Central Washington, US

Authored by P.A. Champ; H. Brenkert-Smith; J.P. Riley; J.R. Meldrum; C.M. Barth; C. Donovan; C.J. Wagner; Published 2022

In this study we illustrate the value of social data compiled at the community scale to guide a local wildfire mitigation and education effort. The four

Indigenous fire management and cross-scale fire-climate relationships in the Southwest United States from 1500 to 1900 CE

Authored by C.I. Roos; C.H. Guiterman; E.Q. Margolis; T.W. Swetnam; N.C. Laluk; K.F. Thompson; C. Toya; C.A. Farris; P.Z. Fulé; J.M. Iniguez; M. Kaib; C.D. O’Connor; L. Whitehair; Published 2022

Prior research suggests that Indigenous fire management buffers climate influences on

Contemporary (1984–2020) fire history metrics for the conterminous United States and ecoregional differences by land ownership

Authored by M.K. Vanderhoof; T.J. Hawbaker; C. Teske; J. Noble; J. Smith; Published 2022

Background: Remotely sensed burned area products are critical to support fire modelling, policy, and management but often require further processing before use.

Aim: We calculated