From the text...'Substance must be given to policies that state that fire suppression costs should be proportional to values at risk and that fire should assume a more natural role in manging the landscape. A workshop of Canadian fire experts was...
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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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From the text...'The number of wildland fires in Canada has been increasing steadily since 1960 and the area burned appears to have tripled since 1980. There are many possible reasons for the apparent trend. A workshop of Canadian fire experts was...
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The fauna of wood-living arthropods was studied during two years of succession after tree death in burned and unburned logs at a burned site, and in unburned logs at a clearing and in a forest. Burned spruce logs hosted fewer beetles than unburned logs...
The morphology of two types of paired deep depressions situated on the ventral side of the pterothorax of Henoticus serratus (Col., Cryptophagidae) were described. The shape of the depressions and surrounding setae indicate that they function as...
The adult phenology of the fire-adapted Melanophila acuminata was more extended than of five related buprestid species. This was caused by a within-brood, or less probably, a between-brood variation in development time in M. acuminata, which was also...
The allocation of resources to dispersal and reproduction in relation to habitat persistence was investigated in three closely related buprestid beetles Melanophila acuminata, Phaneops cyanea and P. formaneki. Their respective breeding habitats are...
Forest Service expenditures for fire presuppression and suppression activities increased from $61 million in FY 1970 to $951 million in FY 1994. Yet, real (net of inflation) expenditures have not increased significantly since FY 1970, if FY 1994...
With the exponential model, Van Wagner (1978) gave us valuable insight in understanding stand age and forest age distribution in fire-disturbed landscapes. He showed that, under certain conditions, the probability distribution of the age of a stand...
A method of estmating historical forest-fire frequencies based on time-since-last-fire observations at a simple random sample of points in an area of undisturbed forest is presented. The historical-fire hazard rate function is assumed to be piecewise...
CPAW works with communities to reduce wildfire risk through improved land use planning. Selected communities receive free, customized technical consulting services and training over the course of one year from CPAW’s team of professional land use planners, foresters, risk analysts, and researchers. Specific services may include detailed land use planning recommendations, hazard assessments, custom research, and training. Read more about what we do and the communities we’ve worked with to date.
CPAW assistance is voluntary and provided at the request of the local government. Local jurisdictions retain sole authority for implementation of land use planning recommendations provided through CPAW. CPAW services are provided at no cost to the community.
Any community in the United States can apply. Eligible jurisdictions include towns, cities, tribal communities, and counties with authority over local land use and zoning decisions. (Unincorporated communities require county application.) Only applications demonstrating support from both the community’s planning and fire departments will be considered. Communities should be willing to commit staff time and sign a Memorandum of Understanding, but communities are not responsible for any direct costs associated with CPAW.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of State Foresters, National Fire Protection Association, and USDA Forest Service are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awards.
The Wildfire Mitigation Awards (WMA) are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. The three award categories are:
- National Wildfire Mitigation Award
- National Mitigation Hero Award
- Wildfire Mitigation Legacy Award
These awards are designed to recognize outstanding service in wildfire preparedness and safety across a broad spectrum of activities and among a variety of individuals and organizations. By honoring these achievements, the award sponsors also seek to increase public recognition and awareness of the value of wildfire mitigation efforts.
NAFRI partners with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and Course Development Sub Committees, comprised of subject matter experts, to manage and deliver graduate school level curriculums. A total of 17 courses are supported by NAFRI staff and are delivered on an annual, biannual and biennial basis.
We encourage you to gather your information to nominate some very deserving folks for these prestigious awards! The recipient does not need to be an IAWF member to receive an award. Awards will be announce and/or presented at one of our upcoming IAWF Conferences in 2020.
If you’ve nominated someone in the past and they were not selected as the recipient, please do not hesitate to re-nominate them. At times we have numerous deserving folks, however, at this time we are only able to select one person per award.
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are open through 5 pm MST, December 5, 2019.
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) announcement FA-FOA0020-001 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-FOA0020-002 has one task statement:
- Performance of fuel breaks and fuel break systems
The Regional Fire Science Exchange announcement FA-FOA0020-003 has one task statement focused on leading and executing a regional fire science exchange in the following four regions (see map and supporting information in the FOA):
- Great Basin
- Pacific Islands
Text of the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) statement:
Climate change has already had significant consequences in the global wildfire reality, affecting citizens as well as the global wildland fire community. Many key issues of importance to the IAWF - including firefighter and civilian safety, fire management expenses, changing weather patterns, natural role of fire, fire regimes and ecosystem succession, as well as the wildland urban interface - all require recognition of the role of climate change.
Globally, we regularly see new reports about the “worst”, “largest”, “most expensive”, and “deadliest” fires and fire seasons. In 2019 and 2018, striking headlines read “Arctic on Fire” (Sweden, Russia, Greenland, Canada and Alaska), and the most expensive and largest fire years were recorded in 2018 in California and British Columbia, respectively, breaking the previous records set in 2017. The Camp Fire (CA, 2018), Attica Greece (2018), Black Saturday Australia (2009), and Portugal (2017) fires were all ranked amongst the top 11 deadliest fires in the last 100 years.
Under current climate change scenarios, fire regimes will change in terms of increases in burned area, severity, fire season length, frequency, and ignitions from lightning. Many parts of the world have already experienced an increase in record breaking temperatures and recurring droughts that have led to shifts in wildland fire. There is already evidence of climate-driven fire regime change in the Northern Hemisphere upper latitudes with fire risk increasing in non-traditional fire-prone countries. The consequences of human actions are here today, not in some distant future, and these are alarming and, most important, escalating.
The IAWF encourages all countries to emphasize increased international fire training and to implement easier cross-border sharing of professional fire management resources for suppression and prescribed fire opportunities. These will lessen the irrationally heavy burden any single country will have to carry to manage extreme fire seasons. Homes and communities must be better planned and built, so they are increasingly fire resistant and more adapted to natural disasters of all types. Health impacts of fires have long-term consequences, not only those that are immediate from the flames but also those from smoke and toxins, and these must be considered when planning and managing for future wildland fires. Wildfires and smoke do not recognize borders. As the global community tries to manage the new wildfire challenges, it is incumbent on everyone to prepare to support international neighbours in protecting lives and communities from fires and their impacts.
IAWF Vice-President Toddi Steelman recently said in Wildfire magazine (August 2019) that “Recent extreme weather events have catalysed public belief in, and concern about, climate change, and boosted public support for government actions to reduce its harmful impacts. This gives us a window of opportunity when conditions are right to make great strides on climate if we are strategic about it.” This window of opportunity requires people having the knowledge and political will to act now. Our global scientific community needs to publicly share knowledge learned about patterns of extreme wildland fire and weather, as well as how climate change is associated with these patterns. Our global fire management community needs to leverage its credibility to share its experiences about how climate change and its role in extreme weather is playing out in their day to day work environments. Connecting extreme weather events to real on-the-ground consequences can help more people understand how climate impacts are affecting us all.
The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to explore the social and economic impacts of climate change in Alaska from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Possible sectors of analysis include but are not limited to:
- fisheries (including ocean acidification),
- transportation (and trans-Arctic shipping),
- infrastructure, mineral,
- oil & gas resource development,
- mixed-subsistence economies, and
- the provision of related climate services.
- We are also interested in an analysis of the economic impacts of ACCAP’s work.
This post-doctoral fellowship includes opportunities to directly engage ACCAP’s partners and stakeholders in use-inspired basic research and knowledge co-production. The person in this position will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes a spectrum of senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at UAF, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and other ACCAP partner organizations.
- Desired state date: Negotiable. As soon as possible.
- Duration: 2 year, term funded
- Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
- Open until filled.
How to apply: please submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor, ACCAP Director with “Econ Post-Doc Application” in the subject line. The cover letter should include:
- A description of the candidate’s PhD research,
- A statement of interest outlining potential research project, including sectors of interest, and research approach, and
- A description of past experience with research in Alaska and/or the Arctic.
Climate change is occurring more rapidly in the Arctic than any region on Earth. Its impacts are being felt by Indigenous peoples as well as throughout a range of societal sectors, including wildfire management. Recent scholarship suggests that boundary spanning, translational ecology, and the process of knowledge co-production are effective in bridging the gap between science and decision-making and calls for building capacity by developing processes for effective evaluation and for training boundary spanning professionals.
We seek a post-doctoral research fellow to explore one or more of these inter-related research areas of knowledge co-production and boundary spanning assessment related to climate change in Alaska.
- Actions, processes, and mechanisms for use-inspired science.
- Metrics of success in knowledge co-production.
- Scientist and practitioner training in knowledge co-production and boundary spanning.
Requirements: experience and/or demonstrated capacity to contribute in one or more of the following topical areas:
- Indigenous evaluation, indigenous knowledge, cross-cultural communication
- Climate change science, application, communication, and knowledge co-production
- Wildfire science and boundary spanning
- Mixed-subsistence economies and community development
The post-doctoral research fellow will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (a NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment team), the Alaska Fire Science Consortium (a member of the Joint Fire Science Program Fire Science Exchange Network), and the USDA Pacific Northwest Climate Hub.
- Desired start date: September 2019
- Duration: 2 year, term funded
- Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Open until filled.
How to apply: please submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor, ACCAP Director with “Post-Doc Application” in the subject line. The cover letter should include:
- A description of the candidate’s PhD research;
- A discussion of the candidate’s research interests and experience relevant to one or more of the numbered research areas listed above;
- A discussion of the candidate’s research interests and experience relevant to one or more of the bulleted topical areas listed above;
- A brief proposed plan for investigating one or more of the research areas listed above. This should include the data collection and analysis methods with which you are experienced and familiar as well as possible additional methods you have an interest in learning.
Presented by the Alaska Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee.
Join us for a webinar and robust discussion about innovative collaborations and case studies developed through a partnership between Trout Unlimited and the Forest Service. We will share examples of successful projects, tools such as partnership...
Presented by Travis Dotson, Analyst from the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
Co-sponsored by the Lake States Fire Science Consortium and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange
Is the risk of death the same when implementing "...
In this webinar, Dr. Kimberley Davis will examine the effects of climate on post-fire conifer regeneration and subsequent seedling and tree growth. She and her colleagues focused on lower elevation ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests to identify the...
Wildfires across the United States have cost more than 100 lives and more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in just the last two years. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to improve the wildfire safety of your home and community. Take...
The conference theme is "Fuels of Today - Fire Behavior of Tomorrow" Understanding Fire Behavior and Fuels for Sound Decision Making and Effective Management
This conference will provide government and nongovernment professionals at all levels a...
Training Dates: Sunday, April 28 to Friday, March 10, 2019
Target Audience: This training is open to all who are interested in learning about prescribed fire and utilizing it as a tool within fire-adapted...
Todd Hawbaker, Ph.D., US Geological Survey, Denver, CO
Casey Teske, Ph.D., Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL
Complete and accurate burned area...
Organized by the Alaska Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee. Presented by Jennifer Jenkins, BLM Alaska.
Content: Locations and processes for acquiring data used in WFDSS for fire behavior modeling
- Perimeters ...
This webinar will focus on the development and use of the all lands Pacific Northwest Quantitative Wildfire Risk Assessment. The presentation will cover agency policy and direction, what is risk, what data and procedures were used to conduct the...