Fire ecology is discussed in relation to basic ecological processes; the characteristics of the fire environment are reviewed. Lightning and lightning storms are considered as the primary natural cause of fires in nature. The nature of fire and its...
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From the text ... 'One area where great strides can be made is in the climatology of fire weather and its application to fire planning. Recent advances have been made in application of climatology to agriculture, and many of the same principles...
From the text ... 'In this paper I want to review certain aspects of the fire ecology of the spruces, chiefly white spruce, in the boreal forest area from the prairie provinces to the North West Territories, Yukon, and adjacent Alaska.'
Implementation of Forest Fire Weather Forecasting requires the development for a procedure for obtaining representative wind speed observations for large areas. In this paper, a procedure is outlined whereby surface observations can be used to obtain...
...fire has been generally misrepresented. It is a neglected factor in many forests. Fire needs public understanding and acceptance. We should compare fire's beneficial effects to its well-known detrimental effects before we dismiss all fire as...
Prescribed burning produces particulate and gaseous air pollutants in relatively small amounts over the course of an entire year. However, on any given day, the pollutants resulting from prescribed burning may constitute a major fraction of the local...
Procedures for calculating the moisture contents of 1- and 10-hour timelag fuels have been developed based on theoretical calculations of the rate of moisture transport in wood. The 1 -hour timelag calculation is superior to fine fuel moisture...
Numerical simulation of dead fuel behavior under different climatological regimes has quantified three universal characteristics of fuels: (1) response of the fuel to climatological moisture-induced stress; (2) response of the outer layers of the fuel...
[from the text] The long-time role of fire in the forests of eastern Canada is masked, I believe, by the history of Canadian forest management in the exploitive years since 1920. There is now more forest land occupied by Industry -- mainly the Pulp and...
In 1967, the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska began producing isoline maps of buildup index by hand on a daily basis. These maps proved to be operationally valuable. In 1969, it was proposed that the isoline maps and other fire-danger ratings be...
Please refer to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's website regarding infectious disease guidance for wildland fire incidents, Emergency Medical Committee.
The Wayne Harrison Memorial Scholarship provided by the Association for Fire Ecology supports the academic and professional growth of students through funding research, management, or education projects related to wildland fire science. Be part one of the first recipients of this scholarship in its inaugural year!
Scholarships up to $2,500 are available, with applications due April 20. For more information, click the link below.
Closing Info: Open until filled
Salary: $3500-4000 per month, 40 hours per week (Overtime Eligible)
Duration: 6 months, with potential to extend. Start date in early June 2020
Position: The incumbent leads a small crew in the collection and processing of data for scientific research conducted by the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team at the USFS Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab. There are multiple existing projects for field data collection. Projects include, but are not limited to, characterization of wildland fuels in multiple locations throughoutthe United States (including the southeastern and western US); evaluation of fuel consumption during prescribed burns, and post-fire tree damage inventory. This data will be used to assess fuels modeling methods, and evaluate the overall predictive capability of fuels and fire behavior models. Data collection includes identification and physical measurements of trees, shrubs, understory plants, downed woody debris, litter, and ground fuels, and collection of fuel samples for laboratory processing.
Each year, NEON hires hundreds of temporary field technicians to assist our full-time field operations staff with observational sampling. NEON field sites are located in 24 states across the U.S. plus Puerto Rico; and the sites are located in some of the nation’s most pristine and wild areas. These opportunities are perfect for up-and-coming scientists who want valuable fieldwork experience collecting data for a continental-scale ecology project.
The National Science Foundation's NEON is a 30+ year project dedicated to collecting and providing open access continental-scale data to better understand how our nation's ecosytems are changing. Operated by Battelle, the observatory relies on hundreds of scientists and engineers to collect, process and provide over 175 data products from 81 field sites located in ecosystems from Alaska to Puerto Rico. The teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field scientists who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once measurements and observations are collected, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure calibrates, stores and publishes the data. The observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
Sponsored by the Southern Fire Exchange
Presented by Louise Loudermilk, Ph.D., USFS Southern Research Station
More information to come.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has created Prep Day to raise awareness of wildfire risk, to share information and knowledge, and to help residents make changes to improve the survival of their homes and neighborhoods.
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...
Postponed until November due to COVID-19 concerns.
The IAFC's Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) conference offers hands-on training and interactive sessions designed to address the challenges of wildland fire. If you're one of the many people...
Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges March membership meeting with featured guest speaker and fire ecologist Lisa Saperstein.
How will wildfire affect refuges in a changing climate? Wildfire was always a major driver of habitat change...
Sponsored by the Southern Fire Exchange
Presented by Carissa Wonkka, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Maintaining appropriate fire return intervals for fully functioning ecosystems can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Laws and...
Topics include: Kenai Vegetation Map (Gabe Bellante), Landscape Change Monitoring System – Chugach National Forest (Leah Campbell), Kenai Peninsula Fuel Break Working Group (Sue Rodman), and agency updates / round robin.
Members and invitation...