Aim: Ecological properties governed by threshold relationships can exhibit heightened sensitivity to climate, creating an inherent source of uncertainty when anticipating future change. We investigated the impact of threshold relationships on our...
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.
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Fires play a critical role in modulating regional and global climate through disturbances on meteorological, biogeochemical, and hydrological processes, while fires are strongly affected by climate, terrestrial ecosystems, and human activities. The...
October 10th, 2018. Part of the Alaska Fall Fire Review, Kelly Kane, USFS Risk Management Program Specialist, presents on human performance.
October 11th, 2018. Part of the annual Fall Fire Review, the presentation assessed the new National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) vs the Fire Weather Index (FWI) for Alaska.
October 11th, 2018. Part of the annual Fall Fire Review, the presentation presented the National Weather Services analysis the affects of forecast precipitation on fire weather predictions and how they plan to solve them.
October 9th, 2018. Part of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium workshop, the presentation introduced the project on fire effects on boreal aquatic ecosystems.
A diversity of partners and interests, federal to private, came together to identify current challenges and research in the wildland fire and air quality impacts realm. Meeting management needs and the opportunity to learn from one another’s expert...
October 9th, 2018. Part of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium workshop, the presentation gave a final report on fuel treatments.
Part of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium workshop, the presentation gave a report on the effects of a fire season on fire fighters.
Part of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium workshop, the presentation gave an overview of the available for use with a live demo through UAF Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA).
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.
Tom Buman (Agren) demonstrated a new software tool for developing prescribed fire plans at the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Regional Fire Conference in Dubuque. Because of the interest in this tool, they are offering a webinar to demonstrate the...
Webinar is presented by Sarah McCaffrey, USFS Northern Research Station.
As more people live in high fire hazard areas, the active involvement of the public will be central to many efforts to minimize fire risk and improve forest health. One...
Alaska Fire Applications and Modeling Committee presents a winter webinar on WIMS.
Presenters: Jan Passek, USFWS Wildland Fire Specialist–Planner, and Sharon Alden and Heidi Strader, Fire Weather Program Managers from the Alaska Interagency...
This course leads students through the ecological and historical role of fire, characteristics of smoke and the health, safety and visibility impacts of smoke. Other topics include: public relations, legal requirements, meteorology, fuel consumption,...
Presented by Dr. Brian Sturtevant, Landscape Ecologist, USFS Northern Research Station.
Click here to join the webinar (or paste the link...
What you will learn:
· An overview of the key features of...
Presented by: Aaron Stevenson: Forest Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
The impact of exotic invasive species on terrestrial natural communities is well documented. In Missouri, more than 200 exotic plants have invaded upland and...
Presented by Louis Iverson, Landscape Ecologist - Forest Service, Northern Research Station.
The climate is changing, and tree species currently residing at a specific location are at variable levels of risk of change (increase, decrease, or...
Presenters: William Block (USFS RMRS) and Shaula Hedwall (USFWS)
The Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Plan, First Revision, was released on December 17, 2012. The Recovery Team used the best available science to delineate actions we think are...
The International Association of Wildland Fire announced plans for their Fourth Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Raleigh, NC February 18-22, 2013, and St. Petersburg, Russia on July 1-4, 2013. The conference is an important chance for eastern fire...