U.S. Joint Fire Science Program


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JFSP Project No. 12-4-01-9


US government work.


The Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory’s Documenting and Preserving the Past for the Future of Wildland Fire Research has 1) identified early Rothermel and Anderson research records from the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s; 2) cataloged research data, correspondence, draft manuscripts, and photographs; 3) using archival-quality supplies, re-filed the materials in a secure storage area; 4) scanned and copied all slides and photo documentation discovered to date (more than 4500) to the Fire Lab’s “O” drive; and 5) entered references to all catalog databases and photographs into the Metavist program. Research data and documentation discovered to date include one of the earliest Fire Physics Study Plans, fire behavior and model-development research plans for the 1970s and 1980s, and fire-spread model computations and research documentation from 1969. A series of multi-year large-fuel studies have also been cataloged and preserved.