Academia & Science

Universities, agency researchers, independent research groups

Academia and science are vital to growing and expanding our understanding of wildfire. Science can inform our understanding of wildfire behavior, community perceptions and motivations, and more. The resources below provide information including funding sources and research priorities. Please note, some resources might be applicable to multiple roles within the community.

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Tracking Damage and Air Quality Impacts from Fires

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This page from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers tools and information on how their data and applied research supports decision-making for federal, state and local response agencies before, during and after a fire. Read More

Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT)

Agenda / Template / Tool
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT) is a free GIS web map that allows federal, state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers and other community leaders to examine the interplay of census data, infrastructure locations, and hazards, including real-time weather forecasts, historic disasters and estimated annualized frequency of hazard risk. Read More

Quick Response Research Award Program

Natural Hazards Center
The Quick Response Research Award Program provides funds and training for eligible researchers to collect data in the aftermath of extreme events to document disaster before memories fade and physical evidence is erased. Read More


Website / Interactive Map
California Electric Commission
This site offers modeling products for utility companies, fire risk managers, and policy makers. Read More

National Institute of Standards and Technology Fire Research Division

Website / Interactive Map
National Institute of Standards and Technology
This page offers a useful overview of the latest research, news and updates from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fire Research Division. Their work relates to how fire interacts with the built and natural environments as well as fire safety engineering, fire fighting, fire investigation, and more. Read More

National Fire Protection Association Research Fund

National Fire Protection Association
The purpose of the Fund is to stimulate and provide a mechanism for facilitating research to support the work of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committees and other NFPA activities. Read More

Keepers of the Flame: Supporting the Revitalization of Indigenous Cultural Burning

Christopher Adlam, Diana Almendariz, Ron W. Goode, Deniss J. Martinez & Beth Rose Middleton
This article describes lessons learned from two Indigenous Fire Workshops that brought together cultural fire practitioners, researchers, agency and NGO representatives, and members of the public to learn about the use and benefits of cultural burning in California. Full Citation: Christopher Adlam, Diana Almendariz, Ron W. Goode, Deniss J.Martinez & Beth Rose Middleton (2022) Keepers... Read More

Increasing use of prescribed fire: Barriers and opportunities

Schultz, Courtney A. ; McCaffrey, Sarah M. ; Huber-Stearns, Heidi R.
Summary of a study on the most commonly cited barriers to putting prescribed fire on the ground in a study involving RMRS scientists and partners. Read More

Fire Adapted Communities Pathways Tool

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and Dr. Travis Paveglio
Improving fire outcomes for communities requires local organizing and action. The FAC Pathways Tool helps communities identify a set of strategies which are tailored to their strengths and needs, and based on practices which have been successful in communities similar to theirs.  The tool combines insights and experiences from community-based wildfire resilience practitioners and researchers... Read More

Effective Communication about Wildfire Management: Observations from 20 Years of Fire Social Science Research

Sarah McCaffrey, USDA Forest Service
Sarah McCaffrey, a Research Forester with the Forest Service out of Fort Collins, CO, is a specialist in wildfire communications and the social aspects of fire management. This webinar on communications in wildfire draws upon her 20 years of experience and research. She offers insights useful to both seasoned fire professionals and those new to... Read More
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