Connecting Research to On-the-Ground Wildfire Priorities

PFX strives to serve the needs of wildfire practitioners, island communities and landscapes by working with our partners to identify and pursue relevant science and research across the Pacific region.

2014 Stakeholder Priorities

In 2014, wildfire stakeholders prioritized knowledge about pre-fire management; prevention, outreach, and education; wildland urban interface; after-fire response; wildfire suppression; collaboration; drivers and impacts of wildfire and the use of technologies. These priorities provided a road map for PFX products and activities and a resource to identify and develop research that meets on-the-ground needs (right). Read more here about these stakeholder priorities.

Current Wildfire Research Needs

PFX engages in many questions concerning the relationship of fire to the natural and built (human) environment. This include understanding how the climate crisis is impacting fire outcomes in the Pacific. In addition, building a better understanding of the social, cultural, economic and human dimensions of fire are critical Pacific Island research needs.

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Wildfire Research Regions

savanna-forest mosaic on Yap

Federated States of Micronesia

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Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands

Hawaii

Hawai`i

Palau

Republic of Palau

Recent Resources for Researchers

Presentation: Western Pacific Needs Assessment and Network (2022)

October 18, 2022

The Hawai`i Wildfire Management Organization presented a new on-going project, the “Western Pacific Needs Assessment and Network” to the Pacific Fire Exchange program’s quarterly steering committee meeting in October, 2022.

Weed Fire Risk Assessment for Hawai`i: Database, Factsheet & Webinar

July 24, 2022

Methodology of weed fire risk assessments. University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Kevin Faccenda and Curt Daehler developed a screening system focused on wildfire risk by asking land managers to assign a relative fire…

Webinar: When Climate Change and Invasive Species Intersect

May 22, 2022

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Who: University of Hawaiʻi’s Kevin Faccenda and Kelsey Brock will present “Identifying Fire-Promoting Invasive Plants & Their Potential to Impact Hawai`i’s Natural…