The burning characteristics of several fire-retardant plants and Southern California chaparral shrubs of recognized high flammability were compared in muffle-furnance tests at 650 C. Fresh terminal growth of Atriplex lentiformis did not burn as readily...
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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Some consider that Douglas-fir seedlings initially grow better on burned than on similar but unburned soil. The improved growth is attributed to an increase in available nutrients as a result of combustion and to a release from vegetative competition....
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Fine-fuel moisture content tables, using dry bulb and dewpoint temperatures as entry data, have been developed for use with the National Fire-Danger Rating System in Alaska. Comparisons have been made which illustrate differences resulting from danger-...
Conventional hygrothermographs can be modified as described here to record windspeed along with temperature and relative humidity. The fire-weather record resulting from the modification has several fire management applications, as demonstrated in...
This Note published data on flame retardants in use at the time.
Diethyl ether and acetone were used to reduce the extractive content of aspen leaves. The leaves were burned in 0.5-ft^2 baskets and the weight loss rate was recorded. A direct relationship between extractive content and burning rate was found. This...
Fire managers require 24-hour records of temperature, relative humidity, and windspeed to use fire efficiently and effectively. When carefully calibrated and interpreted, modified hygrothermographs provide minimum instrumentation to obtain these...
A combined theoretical and experimental study has been performed of the behaviour of firebrands in a turbulent, swirling natural convection plume. For the theoretical treatment, firebrands were idealized as spheres of constant density, the burning rate...
Experimental testing of a mathematical model showed that radiant heat transfer accounted for no more than 40% of total heat flux required to maintain rate of spread. A reasonable prediction of spread was possible by assuming a horizontal convective...
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 (email@example.com) or Tim Prather (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Sponsored by the Lake States Fire Science Consortium
Presented by Kara Yedinak, Forest Products Lab, USDA Forest Service
Sound is a fundamental part of our experience when interacting with the world around us. So fundamental in fact, that...
Postponed due to COVID-19 concerns
The ‘Large Outdoor Fires & the Built Environment’ or LOF&BE working group, sponsored by the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) is attempting to address problems with key...
Nationwide, the frequency and scale of catastrophic wildfires are growing at alarming rates, challenging forest and rangeland managers’ abilities to maintain ecologically resilient landscapes and fire-safe communities. To meet these demands, research...
Sponsored by the Natural Areas Association
Two speakers will present restoration ecology research published in the January 2020 issue of the Natural Areas Journal: Leighton Reid will share understory plant community outcomes based on twelve...
Sponsored by Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University
Presented by Wade Tinkham, Colorado State University
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/448154948
Evaluating Flammability of Reburns in the Boreal Forests of Interior Alaska
Dr. Brian Buma and Katherine Hayes, University of Denver
Temperatures in high-latitude environments are rising quickly, leading to increases in the frequency...
Sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Fuelcasting is a new program that provides projections of expected fuel conditions this grazing season. It is an important component of the Rangeland Production Monitoring...
At home during COVID-19? With the Governor's Stay At Home order in place through April 30, many of us are at home or outdoors doing yard work. Learn how to safeguard your home by integrating simple, easy-to-use Firewise landscaping...
Sponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration
Selecting species and seed from appropriate sources to maximize project success faces many challenges. This presentation will review plant selection for ecosystem diversity that supports...
This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Forest technician training from the Alaska Forum and Chugachmiut is available at no cost to qualified applicants.
Forest Technicians work on a variety of jobs...