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Monthly Webinar Series
The Joint Fire Science Program, International Association of Wildland Fire, and the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center are hosting a monthly
VIEW RECORDED WEBINAR
Burning in Their Backyards and Having Them Say "Thank You" - Steve "Torch" Miller, June 13, 1 PM MDT
The IMAGINE Prescribed Fire Prioritization Model: A Logistical and Ecological Approach to Management
- Reginald Goolsby, July 11, 1 PM MDT
Can our forests take the heat? Fire, climate change and tree mortality in the western US
- Phil van Mantgem, July 31, 1 PM MDT
Fire Management, Fuels, and Climate Change Tipping Points
- Bob Keane, August 20, 1 PM MDT
Previous Webinar Archives
Decision Making for Wildfires: A Guide for Applying a Risk Management Process at the Incident Level
This publication focuses on the thought processes and considerations surrounding a risk management process for decision making on wildfires. The publication introduces a six element risk management cycle designed to encourage sound risk-informed decision making in accordance with Federal wildland fire policy, although the process is equally applicable to non-Federal fire managers and partners.
Mobile Technology Transforms Emergency Management in Queensland Australia
December 2010 was Queensland, Australia’s wettest on record, with record high rainfall totals set in 107 locations across the state for the month. Flooding began in early December and then intensified later in the month as Cyclone Tasha swept across the coast.
Climate change projected to increase global fire risk
According to a recent analysis, climate change is widely expected to interrupt future fire patterns around the world, with some regions, such as the western United States, seeing more frequent fires within the next 30 years.
High-tech tool predicts fire behavior in bark beetle-ravaged forests
A high-tech computer model called HIGRAD/FIRETEC provides insights 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.
Past Meets the Present: Using Old Burns in Fire Management
Southwest Fire Science Consortium video which uses interviews with fire and land managers to find out the role previous burns play in current fire management, prescribed fire planning, and the potential benefits or negative consequences of allowing fires to reburn areas that have experienced high severity fire in the recent past.
Mastication Treatments in Southwestern Forests
Southwest Fire Science Consortium video describing mastication fuel treatments in the Southwest. Covers treatment effectiveness during recent large wildfires and also describes the benefits and potential drawbacks of mastication fuel treatments.
There's an App for That: Mobile Technologies Set to Transform Fire Management
Conditions change constantly in the fire management environment. Rapid dissemination of wildland fire maps and geospatial information has become a critical element in responding to those changes. Billy Phillips, a smokejumper with the Missoula Smokejumper Base, believes that mobile technologies will soon bring big changes to fire management.
Decision Making for Wildfire Incidents
Hazard & Risk
This DRAFT publication provides guidance on the risk assessment and risk management process, flow, and points to consider in making informed, sound risk-based decisions for wildfires. It emphasizes the thought process behind sound fire management decision making using a risk management process.
Study finds that prescribed fires have little negative ecological impacts
A recent paper, published in the June issue of the journal BioScience synthesizes 20 years of research throughout the country on the ecological impact of reducing forest wildfire risk through controlled burns and tree thinning. The study found limited ecological impacts from prescribed fire and, consequently, efforts to ramp up prescribed fire programs should be ramped up.
2012 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report
Based on responses from all 50 state forestry agency surveys, this report outlines 2011 national and regional prescribed fire activity, state prescribed fire programs, and identifies impediments limiting prescribed fire use.
Managed Wildfire: Blazing the Trail in the Southwest
Fire managers across the Southwest have taken the lead in using wildfire management as another tool to treat hazardous fuels and restore fire-dependent ecosystems.
Buffelgrass: Southern Arizona Fights Back
The Southwest Fire Science Consortium has produced a video and article on the effort to control buffelgrass in Tucson and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.
Risk Management Implementation: Lessons Learned from the 2011 Fire Season
Recording of a webinar presented by Amanda McAdams on the risk management preparation, implementation, and lessons learned for the Intermountain Region of the Forest Service for the 2011 fire season. The presentation includes a case study of the Salt Fire.
Fire Increases Government Trust and Community Cohesion
Fire and People
Thousands of acres burn every year, threatening homes, lives and property, and in many groups and areas, the phrase "I'm from the government–trust me" is no longer being used as a joke or punch line.
Drying Wetlands Resulting in Increased Peat Fires, Carbon Release
Drying of northern wetlands has led to much more severe peatland wildfires and nine times as much carbon released into the atmosphere, according to a new study.
New Research on the Role of Firebrands in Home Ignitions
One of the biggest threats to homes in WUI fires is firebrands. Lofting onto shingles or floating into eaves, firebrands smolder before setting their resting place ablaze. Since 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been conducting research to discover when, how, and how often embers start fires after they land.
PEEK INTO THE ARCHIVES
The Development of Safety Training after Mann Gulch
In the decade following the Mann Gulch fire in 1949, the U. S. Forest Service created technical and research
That Thing Was Rolling: The Cavity Lake Fire
Seven years of endless meetings, exhaustive planning, repetitive training, and a controversial and unprecedented
Economics of Wildland Fire Risk Management
New risk management tools are changing approaches to fire management and economists are playing a key
U.S. Wildfire Cost-Plus-Loss Economics Project: The "One-Pager" Checklist
What are the actual costs of a wildfire? A more complete accounting would include environmental, health,
After the Smoke Clears, Debris Flow Threat Emerges
This past spring, I visited the aftermath of a debris flow in Amago Creek on the La Jolla Indian Reservation
It is here that storm surges of fire, roaring over the long fetch of the Great Plains, whipped by the
The Zaca Fire: Bridging Fire Science and Management
The Figueroa RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Station) sits at 3200 ft on a grassy knob in the mountains
People of the Prairie, People of the Fire
Restoration is a slippery concept. In some places it means mostly finding ways to preserve and enhance
Wildfire and the Global Carbon Cycle
Large fluxes of carbon into the atmosphere from wildfires can have an impact on the global carbon cycle,
America's fire polity has split into two dominant confederations. One looks to wilderness as a guide,
SPLATS, SPOTS and the Future of Fuels Treatment
Sitting around tables in the darkened room, a group of federal land managers, environmentalists, local
The Emergence and Potential of New Risk Assessment Tools
How do we measure the effects of fuel treatments on a potential fire? New, powerful wildfire simulation
The Carbon Leakage Problem
Forests absorb billions of tons of CO2 globally per year, amounting to about 30% of all CO2 emissions
Wildfire and Beetle Kill Across the Rocky Mountains
Lodgepole pines throughout the Rockies are dying. The culprit is a tiny beetle, no bigger than some of
Fire Risk and the Southeastern Drought
For Georgia forestry and fire officials, 2007 will also go down as one of the busiest in history. A complex
Are Western Wildfires “The Smoking Gun” of Climate Change?
Toby Richards, a fire management officer for New Mexico's Gila National Forest, realized that something
Southern California Fires: The Big Questions
During the southern California fires, TV viewers saw aerial views of flames coming out of the canyons
Fire Education with One Foot in the Black
The remarkably original approach to fire education at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks illustrates
When Things Get Busy: FSPro and RAVAR
On July 23 and 24, 2006, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California was hit by a series of lightning
Igniting Fire Use on the Gila NF
The ponderosa pine forest on the mountain was a “dog- hair thicket,” small trees in need of thinning.
Bioenergy and Forest Restoration in the White Mountains
Woody biomass is showing growing potential as a major source of alternative energy. The White Mountain
Matters of Trust: Collaboration and Outreach in Fire Management
While research on the social side of the ecosystem management equation has been embraced more slowly
Applying Australia's Stay or Go Approach in the US? Would it Work?
There has been a growing interest in the United States in exploring alternatives to mass evacuation such
Stay Cool: There are Ways to Avoid an Entrapment
The nature of fire remains unpredictable. Staying out of harm’s way may be the best advice—but what if
Chaparral Fire Science Debate Continues
The latest in an ongoing scientific debate as to whether the massive Southern California fires are natural
Battling Cheatgrass at Zion National Park
Not everyone is ready to surrender to cheatgrass. Zion National Park is tackling the cheatgrass problem
Facing Up to Reality in the WUI
In June, 2003 the Aspen Fire burned through the village of Summerhaven, a mountain getaway in the Santa
American, Australian, and Canadian WUI programs Hitting Home
There are three main WUI education programs in the United States, Australia and Canada, respectively:
Time for a National Flame Zone Atlas
Once more, all across the foothills of the West, construction crews are in a race with fire crews. Some
Complicated Fires Require a Simple Message
Many fire information officers can probably recite a long list of instances where the media got it wrong
The Gift of Fire
As Salish and Pend d’Oreille people, our view of fire was and is quite different from the modern western
Every Fire is a Teachable Moment
For me, every fire is a teachable moment, be it with a single homeowner, neighborhood, community, television
Questioning Mann Gulch
On August 5, 1949, a surging wildfire trapped fifteen smoke jumpers and one fireguard in a chimney-shaped
Fire Effects Planning Framework
The Fire lookouts began calling in at 4:30 P.M. on Saturday July 20 2004. There were several fires on
Delivery and Acceptance of "Stay or Go" Messages in the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, covers 1,433,000 hectares and is one of the most bushfire-prone areas
WFDSS: Taking Decision Support into the 21st Century
Fire behavior modeling, geospatial analysis, remote sensing, and weather forecasting, are available today
The Australian ‘Stay or Go’ Approach: Factors Influencing Householder Decisions
While there is increasing evidence that the ‘stay or go’ is based on good evidence about the nature of
The 2007 Southern California Fires: Science and the Chaparral
The October fires in southern California brought national media attention to many of the issues that
Only 14% of Potential WUI Currently Developed
As bad as the WUI problem has become for wildland fire managers, a new study published by the Montana-based,
Changing Face of Fire Management in the Northern Rockies
AMR is many things—it is the latest buzzword, it is also a substantive change in wildland fire policy,
Colorado National Forest Manages WFU in City Watershed
The Grand Mesa National Forest in western Colorado has never had a fire like the Coal Creek Fire, a 1,485
National BAER Team Responds to SoCal 2007
I am Fred Nelson, tribal member of the La Jolla reservation – tribal treasurer for the tribe. To start
Fire & People
Hazard & Risk
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