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A high-tech computer model called HIGRAD/FIRETEC, the cornerstone of a collaborative effort between U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and Los Alamos National Laboratory, provides insights that are essential for front-line fire fighters. The science team is looking into levels of bark beetle-induced conditions that lead to drastic changes in fire behavior and how variable or erratic the behavior is likely to be.
See the news release at http://int.lanl.gov/news/news_releases/2012/August/08.09-Forest-damage-fire-story.shtml
And watch the short film "Death of a Forest" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTHXPJwaLTc