Everglades Fire Partners with Missoula Fire Lab

Everglades Fire and Missoula Fire Lab staff
collecting biomass samples in East Everglades 5
prescribed fire unit.
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Everglades Fire and Missoula Fire Lab staff collecting biomass samples in East Everglades 5
prescribed fire unit.

Lead Fire Effects Monitor, Aerin Land, measuring biomass vertical profile of fuels in study plot.

Photo monitoring fuel conditions in study plot to be used for Missoula Fire Lab fuel modeling.
 

Everglades Fire Management Partners With Missoula Fire Lab to Improve Fuel Models

Everglades Fire Management in partnership with Missoula Fire Lab, United States Forest Service, is working to understand how fire acts on the landscape in Everglades National Park. Revised three-dimensional fire behavior models now incorporating environmental factors such as water depth, water quality, and fuel availability will aid fire managers in planning for future wildfire response and prescribed fire treatments in Everglades National Park.

In late 2014, crews from Missoula Fire Lab and Everglades Fire Management worked to establish pre-burn study plots. Sawgrass and marl prairie communities were clipped, dried, and weighed to quantify the fuel loading (biomass of vegetation) in study plots. The team will use data collected before, during, and after prescribed fires to improve our understanding of fire in the dynamic Everglades ecosystem.

More information on Everglades National Park Prescribed Fire.

Last updated: September 3, 2015

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