In recent decades, wildfires have been more frequent, more severe, and fire seasons have been longer. Wildland-urban interface expansion, recreation growth, budget constraints, and losses of firefighting capacity and institutional knowledge compound fire management challenges. The scope of wildfire protection responsibilities and associated prevention, readiness and suppression costs continue to increase. INR uses our expertise in analyzing, synthesizing, and sharing information to support a number of state, federal, and interagency efforts to understand and address wildfire-related issues.



  • Oregon Landscape Resiliency Strategy. INR is helping a shared stewardship group of state and federal agencies, along with various stakeholders groups, to develop a statewide wildfire and landscape resiliency strategy. INR’s roles are particularly focused on mapping, decision support, and science synthesis.

  • Postfire Restoration Framework for National Forests in California. Working alongside ecologists and researchers from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station and Region 5, INR has enabled the application of the Postfire Restoration Framework (USDA Forest Service General Technical Report 270 by providing expertise in spatial analytics and landscape ecology.

  • Oregon Wildfire Hazard Explorer. INR is working with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the OSU College of Forestry to develop a tool that maps wildfire risk data for homeowners and communities.

  • Oregon Community Wildfire Protection Planning Tool: The Oregon CWPP Planning Tool serves professional planners to inform updates to Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) and Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans (NHMP), with extensive data resources, detailed summaries, and full wildfire risk inventory report.

  • Prescribed Fire and Climate Change in Northwest National Forests (2016). Literature review.

  • Oregon Fire Program Review (2004). INR helped the Oregon Department of Forestry structure and carry out a review of its Fire Program involving almost 120 participants. INR recruited research professors with relevant expertise to assist the work groups and provided technical writing support to the work groups and Steering Committee.