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Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire

View guide. The NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire contains information on prescribed fire smoke management techniques, air quality regulations, smoke monitoring, modeling, communication, public perception of prescribed fire and smoke,...

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High-severity wildfire potential – associating meteorology, climate, resource demand and wildfire activity with preparedness levels

View article. National and regional preparedness level (PL) designations support decisions about wildfire risk management. Such decisions occur across the fire season and influence pre-positioning of resources in areas of greatest fire...

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US National maps attributing forest change: 1986-2010

View article. National monitoring of forestlands and the processes causing canopy cover loss, be they abrupt or gradual, partial or stand clearing, temporary (disturbance) or persisting (deforestation), are necessary at fine scales...

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A climatic dipole drives short- and long-term patterns of postfire forest recovery in the western US

View article. Here, we identify a north–south dipole in annual climatic moisture deficit anomalies across the Interior West of the US and characterize its influence on forest recovery from fire. We use...

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Human land uses reduce climate connectivity across North America

View article. Climate connectivity, the ability of a landscape to promote or hinder the movement of organisms in response to a changing climate, is contingent on multiple factors including the distance organisms...

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Pre-season fire management planning: the use of Potential Operational Delineations to prepare for wildland fire events

View article US fire scientists are developing Potential Wildfire Operational Delineations, also known as ‘PODs’, as a pre-fire season planning tool to promote safe and effective wildland fire response, strengthen risk management...

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Monetising the savings of remotely sensed data and information in Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) wildfire assessment

View article. This study used a value of information approach to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of using satellite imagery as part of the Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER), a US federal program that...

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Forest vegetation change and its impacts on soil water following 47 Years of managed wildfire

View article. Managed wildfire is an increasingly relevant management option to restore variability in vegetation structure within fire-suppressed montane forests in western North America. Managed wildfire often reduces tree cover and density,...

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Measuring height characteristics of sagebrush using imagery derived from small unmanned aerial systems

View article. In situ measurements of sagebrush have traditionally been expensive and time consuming. Currently, improvements in small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) technology can be used to quantify sagebrush morphology and community...

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Predicting greater sage‐grouse habitat selection at the southern periphery of their range

View article. This study quantified seasonal second‐order habitat selection for sage‐grouse across the state of Utah to produce spatio‐temporal predictions of their distribution at the southern periphery of the species range. We...

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