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measurements_banner_2.jpg (65612 bytes) Idaho Fire Initiative for Research and Education (IFIRE)

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Dr Alistair Smith

alistair [at]


The Idaho Fire Initiative for Research and Education (IFIRE) is housed in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. The initiiative focuses on all aspects of wildland fire dynamics.

Research Focus Areas Include:

  • Fuels characterization

  • Fire behavior methods

  • Fire behavior modeling

  • Combustion physics

  • Emissions characterization

  • Post-fire spectral characterization

  • Fire impacts on soils

  • Fire impacts on ecosystem processes

  • Professional development

  • Wildland fire education

"Until you can measure something and express it in numbers, you have only the beginning of understanding"

William Thomson, 1883

Measurements are at the core of all ecosystem based sciences, whether we are conducting a traditional forest inventory to model the growth and yield of a given species, evaluating the habitat type of an endangered species in a rangeland, or understanding the process of combustion in decayed fuels. Regardless of of goal,  it is essential to use appropriate measurement and sampling methods. 









Video: A series of images from the old Idaho FIRE Laboratory (IFIRE) facility. Construction of the new facility completed in 2013.

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 83844