The Pacific Fire Exchange (PFX) is a regional member of the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) regional exchange network.
We seek to reduce threat to ecosystems and communities in the Pacific from wildfire. We do this by facilitating fire knowledge exchange, and enabling collaborative relationships among fire science stakeholders including resource managers, fire responders, landowners, communities, government, non-profit, and higher education. We support scientists and managers in creating approaches for collaborative and regionally relevant fire prevention and management. We leverage “best available” research to reduce fire management costs and protect natural, social, and cultural resources from wildfire devastation.
Through information, training, and tools for Pacific wildfire mitigation activities, we aim to support:
- Easier access to information sources
- Better and more comprehensive information
- Improved technical assistance
- Environment with more collaborative information transfer
Need for a consortium in the Pacific
The PFX spans a large geographic area, with a wide diversity of wildfire issues and approaches to management. Wildfire is a large and growing threat to native ecosystems of Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and its endangered and largely endemic flora and fauna. Threats originate primarily with invasion of native ecosystems by fire fire-prone, non-native grasses and shrubs, and anthropogenic ignition sources that drive novel fire regimes.
Novel fire regimes have serious impacts to:
- Cultural and natural resources including watershed function and near-shore coral health
- Ranching and agricultural operations
- Tourism and the visitor industry
- Health and safety of the region's citizens
The Pacific region is currently underrepresented in current and organized regional fire science information. Enhanced collaboration and communication is needed within the Pacific’s scientific and resource management communities to bridge differences in geographic locations (insular states, territories, and nations) in ecology, culture, and language.