These fact sheets, produced by SFE or other organizations, provide brief information about a variety of fire-related topics. Please contact us with your key questions that might be addressed in a fact sheet.
Fire Ecology and Effects
Cypress Mortality Following Wildfires:
Information and Recommendations for Fire and Natural Resource Managers
This fact sheet highlights the role and effects of fire in cypress swamps for natural resource managers and summarizes findings from a 2011 study on the effects of wildfire on cypress mortality.
Nests Under Fire: Does it Matter? Growing-season Burns and Ground-nesting Birds
Burning during the growing season expands the window for completing annual burn plans and mimics natural fire regimes in much of the South. However, there is concern for impacting birds that nest on or close to the ground. This fact sheet summarizes recent publications on the effects of growing-season burns on ground-nesting birds.
Getting the Most from Online Fire Resources
Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science
The Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science is a web-based resource containing approximately 600 webpages of peer-reviewed fire science knowledge about the southern United States. This fact sheet contains a brief description of the encyclopedia and tips for using it.
FRAMES and the Southern Fire Portal
The Fire Research and Management Exchange System, FRAMES, is a unique website aimed at information exchange and technology transfer among all wildland fire stakeholders. This fact sheet describes the FRAMES website and the Southern Fire Portal, where you can find fire information related to the southern United States.
Joint Fire Science Program’s Firescience.gov
This fact sheet describes key components of the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) website, www.firescience.gov, which is a free-access wildland fire science information resource providing research summaries and project findings.
Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Database
The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is an online tool that efficiently searches thousands of bibliographic records. This fact sheet contains a brief description of the extensive database, tips for using it, and where to go for more information.
Economic Impacts of Wildfire
This fact sheet shares results from two studies to illustrate economic impacts that reach beyond the primary indicators of suppression costs and homes lost. This information can help public officials, community leaders, and local citizens understand the larger wildfire impacts on economies and society.
Effects of Prescribed Fire and Wildfire: Frequently Asked Questions from North Carolina
This fact sheet offers helpful answers for general questions that the public may have about prescribed burning in North Carolina and contains information and resources that can be more widely used in most southern states.
Effects of Prescribed Fire and Wildfire: Frequently Asked Questions from Florida
This fact sheet offers helpful answers for general questions that the public may have about prescribed burning in Florida and contains information and resources that can be more widely used in most southern states.
Health Effects of Wildland Fire Smoke
To provide insight on the health effects of exposure to wildland fire smoke, this fact sheet briefly describes the pollutants in wildland fire smoke and then summarizes five studies that have documented health effects of wildland fire smoke in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Smoke Management, Air Quality, and Weather
Detailed Point Weather Forecasts
Accurate hour-by-hour forecasts are critical components of planning and managing your burns. This fact sheet explains the short, easy steps for accessing 48-hour detailed forecasts through the NOAA Fire Weather website.
Predicting Smoke Movement: User-Friendly Computer Models
Smoke management is one of the most important considerations in fire prescriptions. This fact sheet introduces the primary models that can be used for most prescribed fire in the South, such as Simple Smoke Screening, VSmoke, and HYSPLIT.
Situational Awareness: Nighttime Smoke and Fog on Prescribed Burns
Responsibility for smoke dispersal is in the hands of the burn manager. Many of the factors that impact smoke decisions are summarized in this fact sheet on nighttime smoke and fog.
Smoke Prediction with VSMOKE
VSMOKE is a frequently used computer-based model for predicting concentrations of fine particulate matter and cross-plume visibility from prescribed fires. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of this model, its applicability and limitations, and describes model inputs and outputs.
When Wildfire Strikes: What Do I Do Now?
This article, published in the Sep-Oct 2011 issue of Forest Landowner Magazine, provides landowners with critical information regarding how to assess timber damage after a wildfire, market burned timber, assess long-term forest health, and plan for regeneration.