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International Journal of Wildland Fire

International Journal of Wildland Fire

Volume 22 Number 1 2013

Ten Years of Fire Research: the US Joint Fire Science Program

WFv22n1_FOAdvances in understanding and managing wildland fire: communicating wildland fire research to land-management practitioners

Robert A. Mickler, John H. Cissel and John Laurence
pp. i-iv

We reviewed over 200 articles in the wildland fire social science literature to identify key lessons in the following topic areas: social acceptability of fire and fuels management, risk perception, homeowner and community preparedness, citizen–agency interactions, trust, communication and outreach, public responses during and after a wildfire, recreation, planning and policy and organisational effectiveness.

WF11117On the need for a theory of wildland fire spread

Mark A. Finney, Jack D. Cohen, Sara S. McAllister and W. Matt Jolly
pp. 25-36

The paper reviews some physical processes involved in wildland fire spread. Commonly made assumptions of how radiation and convective heat transfer lead to ignition of live and dead fuel particles are not supported experimentally. An experimentally supported theory of ignition is the needed basis for models of wildland fire spread.

WF11143Research and development supporting risk-based wildfire effects prediction for fuels and fire management: status and needs

Kevin Hyde, Matthew B. Dickinson, Gil Bohrer, David Calkin, Louisa Evers, Julie Gilbertson-Day, Tessa Nicolet, Kevin Ryan and Christina Tague
pp. 37-50

Moving from wildfire suppression to broad fire management requires a risk-analysis approach and integrated developments in core fire science and decision-support technology. Current gaps in science, data and technology hinder risk-based management. We summarise science gaps and discuss a common analytic risk-based framework.

WF11130Ecological effects of alternative fuel-reduction treatments: highlights of the National Fire and Fire Surrogate study (FFS)

James D. McIver, Scott L. Stephens, James K. Agee, Jamie Barbour, Ralph E. J. Boerner, Carl B. Edminster, Karen L. Erickson, Kerry L. Farris, Christopher J. Fettig, Carl E. Fiedler, Sally Haase, Stephen C. Hart, Jon E. Keeley, Eric E. Knapp, John F. Lehmkuhl, Jason J. Moghaddas, William Otrosina, Kenneth W. Outcalt, Dylan W. Schwilk, Carl N. Skinner, Thomas A. Waldrop, C. Phillip Weatherspoon, Daniel A. Yaussy, Andrew Youngblood and Steve Zack
pp. 63-82

The 12-site Fire and Fire Surrogate study evaluated ecological effects of different treatments – prescribed fire and mechanical thinning – designed to reduce excessive fuel in dry USA forests. Treatments made stands more able to withstand moderate wildfire. Short-term effects on soils, plants and animals were subtle and differed for fire v. mechanical treatments.

WF11116Modelling smoke transport from wildland fires: a review

Scott L. Goodrick, Gary L. Achtemeier, Narasimhan K. Larkin, Yongqiang Liu and Tara M. Strand
pp. 83-94

Among the key issues in smoke management is predicting the magnitude and location of smoke effects. This review follows the development of these tools from various indices and simple screening models to complex air quality models with a focus on how each tool represents key processes involved in smoke transport.


Several tools have been developed to support post-wildfire assessment and treatment decision making, such as prediction models, field measurement methods, research syntheses, reference catalogues and databases, and calculation spreadsheets for resource valuation. These tools provide relevant science in usable formats to facilitate the use of current knowledge in post-wildfire management decisions.

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