U.S. Forest Service Fire Research
Fire research has been a part of the Forest Service's work since the very early
years. Gifford Pinchot, during his first year as chief, authorized studying the
history of forest fires to better understand the damaging effects. Pinchot's
staff cataloged five thousand fires dating back to 1754 in the study.
Information from this study was then used to determine departmental budgets
within the Forest Service. Fire research has remained a focus of the agency
throughout history, and has evolved from Pinchot's initial study into highly
sophisticated analyses of fuel, combustion, and weather.
Fire Research Instruments
Harry T. Gisborne
Inventory of the National Fire Danger Rating System Collection, 1911 - 2004
Browse historic images from the following FHS online photo galleries:
Fire Danger Meters
Fire Weather - Measurement