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Fire has increased dramatically across the western U.S.and these increases are expected to continue. With this reality, it is critical that we improve our ability to forecast the timing, extent, and intensity of fire to provideresource managers and policy makers the information neededfor effective decisions. For example, an advanced, spatially-explicit prediction of the upcoming fire season would support the planning and prioritization of fire-fighting crews, the placement and abundance of fire breaks, and the amount and type of seed needed for post-fire restoration. While the Southwesthasseen exceptional increasesin fire, these drierecosystems are also notably difficult forfire predictions because ofuniqueremote...