The wildland fire environment is complex, with fire behavior and fire effects depending on interactions between fuels, management history, and weather patterns beginning days and weeks before a burn. Thus it can be difficult to extrapolate results or observations from one fire to another, or anticipate how a given fire might behave or affect organisms in the burn unit. The presenters have developed a framework for wildland fire education, research, and communication that promotes Wildland Fire Literacy--a basic, shared understanding of important components of the wildland fire environment and how they relate to fire regimes in our modern socio-ecological context. This presentation will walk through the critical aspects of fuels, weather, and fire behavior fire scientists and practitioners alike should be comfortable thinking out, observing, and communicating to others in the community. The presenters believe this shared language will not only help relate fire weather conditions to fire behavior, and ultimately better explain fire effects, but also help fire planners identify ideal conditions to achieve desired outcomes.
Devan McGranahan (North Dakota State University) and Carissa Wonkka (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)