From the text ... 'How can we organize for high performance in a setting where the potential for error and disaster can be overwhelming? In doing so, how can we best apply High Reliability Organizing concepts into the prescribed fire and fire use...
Alaska Fire Portal
The Alaska Fire Portal provides information about fire science and technology relevant to Alaska. Our goal is to provide "one-stop shopping" for resource managers, decision makers, scientists, students, and communities who want access to the results of efforts to understand and manage fire and fuels on lands in Alaska. Content may also be relevant to boreal forests of western Canada.
A substantial amount of the Alaska-related content was originally compiled through the FIREHouse project (the Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, and its two related projects: the Alaska Reference Database, (which was merged the FRAMES Resource Catalog, accessible through the "Catalog Records" tab below) and the Alaska Fire and Fuels Research Map, hosted through the AICC ArcIMS mapping website.
Check out the JFSP Fire Exchange(s) located in this region
Alaska Fire and Fuels Research Map
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From the text ... 'The wildland fire management community is not waiting for the heads of agencies to furnish places free from job safety and health hazards. Rather, this community is beginning to explore state-of-the-art safe and effective...
From the text ... 'This escape, which would become known as the Cerro Grande Fire, and its subsequent run through the town of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory precipitated some profound changes in the way that we manage fire on...
From the text ... 'The most important facet of any talk on High Reliability Organizing is immediately establishing the rationale for why busy wildland fire managers, who are already overloaded with firefighting safety issues and decisionmaking...
From the text ... 'In this article for Fire Management Today, we comment briefly on six themes that stand out in those discussions. Three themes, normalizing, complexity, and failure reaffirm properties originally associated with High Reliability...
We used a national household survey to examine knowledge, attitudes, and preferences pertaining to wildland fire. First, we present nationwide results and trends. Then, we examine opinions across region and race. Despite some regional variation,...
After the containment of large wildland fires, major onsite and downstream effects including lost soil productivity, watershed response, increased vulnerability to invasive weeds, and downstream sedimentation can cause threats to human life and...
We describe the development of a statistical model of spatial variation in the area burned by lightning-caused forest fires across the province of Ontario. We partitioned Ontario's fire region into 35 compartments, each of which is relatively...
The northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) is an economically important gamebird that is currently undergoing widespread population declines. Despite considerable research on the population ecology of bobwhites, there have been few attempts to model...
The high water retention of hummock-forming Sphagnum species minimizes soil moisture fluctuations and might protect forest floor organic matter from burning during wildfire. We hypothesized that Sphagnum cover reduces overall forest floor organic...
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are open through 5 pm MST, September 30, 2020.
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) announcement FA-FOA0021-001 has one task statement. Proposals must address one or more of the following topic areas:
- Fuels management and fire behavior
- Changing fire environment
- Emissions and air quality
- Fire effects and post-fire recovery
- Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire
- Human dimensions of fire
The primary announcement FA-FOA0021-002 has two task statements:
- Sources and distribution of human-caused ignitions and their relation to wildfire impacts
- Reducing damages and losses to valued resources from wildfire
The Regional Fire Science Exchange announcement FA-FOA0021-003 has one task statement focused on leading and executing a regional fire science exchange in the following two regions (see map and supporting information in the FOA):
- Lake States
- Tallgrass Prairie
On April 6, 2020, the Fire Management Board (FMB) established the Wildland Fire Medical and Public Health Advisory Team (MPHAT) to address medical and health-related issues specific to the interagency administration of mission critical wildland fire management functions under a COVID-19 modified operating posture. The COVID-19 MPHAT is tasked with providing medical and public health expertise, advice, coordination, and collaboration with external subject matter experts and developing protocols and practices for all aspects of COVID-19 planning, prevention, and mitigation for wildland fire operations. Guidance found on this page has been issued via FMB Memorandum. They may be updated as appropriate and necessary to respond to the evolving situations and work conditions surrounding COVID-19.
PhD Assistantships in Fire Science and Ecologyevaluating the effectiveness of fuel breaks in mitigating size and risk of damaging wildfiresand the fuel break ecological impacts in sagebrush steppe ecosystems. Dr.Eva StrandandDr. Tim Prather in the University of Idaho Rangeland Center are seeking a highly motivated PhD studentin Natural Resources at the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciencesand Department of Plant Sciencesat the University of Idaho.
The successful applicant would conduct research that involvesvegetation and fuel samplingin the field, spatial and statistical analysisof data from past interactionsof fuel breaks and fire, modeling of fire behavior using existing tools and decision support systems,and conduct plant community analysis within and around fuel breaks. The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modelingand spatial analysis, vegetation sampling, and utilize herbicides for annual grass management and ability to work in natural areas. The successful applicant will also provide evidence of good communication skills both written and oral.
The successful candidate will be working in an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students evaluating the effects of fuel breaktypeson fire mitigation, plant community ecology, and the rural economy. The team collaborates closely with research partners includingthe Bureau of Land Managementand the local ranching community of southern Idaho. Theproject isfundedby the Joint Fire Science Program.
The PhD assistantship has a starting date ofJanuary 2021. The assistantships includea stipend of $21,000-24,000per annum. To apply, please email Eva Strand (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim Prather (email@example.com) with a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, a complete CV, college transcripts, GRE scores and contact information of three references.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and the positionis scheduled to remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After the selection, the successful candidate will apply to be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Idahowith the earliest start date of January 2021; information about the application procedure is available online.
With multiple agencies/entities, groups and task forces all working to find solutions for operational concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the need for a space to share information is apparent. This forum serves as a platform to ask questions, as well as to share ideas, information, and solutions.
Smoke Managers Subcommittee is a collection of land and air quality managers from across North America interested in working together to facilitate an increase in prescribed burning while minimizing air quality impacts. All interested persons are...
AFSC Spring Workshop, Part III
Update on the Path to Constructing a Seasonal Outlook for Wildland Fire in Alaska
Tag-team presentation from the Alaska EPSCoR Boreal Fires (BF) Project Team (Uma Bhatt, Jonathan...
The environmental legacies of tundra fires in the Noatak River Valley of Alaska
Ben Gaglioti, Water and Environmental Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Observing how permafrost and vegetation respond to tundra fires in...
Canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Actionable best practices for communities and agencies impacted by wildfire. Features two tracks:
- Practical Tools & Techniques for property owners, community leaders, agencies responding to...
Arctic Urban Risks and Adaptations (AURA): a co-production framework for addressing multiple changing environmental hazards, presented by Jen Schmidt, University of Alaska Anchorage and
Forest Insect and Disease Surveys In Alaska: Cankers, Miners...
Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns
This training runs from March 30 - April 10, 2019.
During the Women-in-Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WTREX), we invite participants of all genders and ethnic and racial backgrounds...
The focus of the webinar will look at how remote technologies can inform and impact forest managers jobs. Information has always been at the heart of the forest; knowledge of stand age, tree species, fire and storm damage, pest and disease and logging...
2020 AFSC Spring Fire Science Workshop
Part 1, March 25
Machine learning to predict final fire size at the time of ignition Shane Coffield, UC Irvine
Attend the 2020 Alaska Interagency Spring Operations Meeting Online
See the agenda below for call in numbers for specifics days
This year's 2020 Annual Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop is postponed and will be presentated in an alternative method. Content is updated in the announcement section accessed by the link below.
This year's Hazard Mitigation Partners...