Patterns of spatial arrangement, tree density, and species composition were compared in three unharvested pine-oak forests under different recent fire regimes: (1) an uninterrupted frequent fire regime, (2) fire exclusion, and (3) fire exclusion...
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The fire behavior topic page contains resources and activities related to the study and management of the direction, spread and intensity of wildland fire.
Wildland Fire Library (firelibrary.org)
The Wildland Fire Library (firelibrary.org) is a collection of long-term assessments, fire progressions, fire behavior reports, and other documents and resources to support fire modeling and assessment of long-duration fires. Each file is tied to some event with a location, a start date, and background information. This site is operated by Rick Stratton and Jim Edmonds of the USFS National Office.
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We tested the efficacy of an aluminum wick herbicide applicator, the Weed Sweep®, for control of hardwood and pine saplings, 1994-1996. We compared spring and fall applications in trial and, in a second trial, tested 2 herbicide mixes: glyphosate mixed...
Species composition and vegetation-environment relationships are described for Linville Gorge Wilderness, a rugged landscape straddling the Blue Ridge escarpment of the southern Appalachian Mountains. A hierarchical classification is presented for 28...
Fossil pollen and charcoal in peat deposits and pond sediments from three sites in the southern Appalachians yielded evidence for a direct relationship between prehistoric Native American use of fire and increases in the importance of oak-chestnut...
Plant community development was observed for 10 years after a fire had top-killed most trees in a southeastern Missouri oak-hickory forest stand. The forest was re-established by sprouts. Production of herbaceous plants and other potential wildlife...
Schwalbea americana is a very rare species of the Southeastern United States. Like most parasitic Scrophulariaceae, it is not host specific. Sixty-eight percent of the fresh seeds germinated without any host influence or pretreatment. In greenhouse...
Whether ecosystems are structured from the top-down (i.e., predator driven) or bottom-up (i.e., food limited) has been debated by ecologists for nearly a century. Many marine and freshwater aquatic systems appear to be under top-down control, but less...
This study was designed to provide part of the framework for placing the aboriginal landscape-scale process of bison grazing within the context of contemporary prairie remnants. The specific objectives were: (1) determine the ineractions between fire...
The predicted increase in climate warming will have profound impacts on forest ecosystems and landscapes in Canada because of increased temperature, and altered disturbance regimes. Climate change is predicted to be variable within Canada, and to cause...
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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.
The Women in Fire Fellowship Member participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, fire break preparation, and other tasks as assigned. The Fellowship member will also perform duties such as invasive species treatment, timber stand improvement, monitoring, mapping invasives and mapping treatment locations. This is a grant funded, US Forest Service interagency partnership project, funded for up to one year. The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare the candidate for entry or mid-level fire positions with the USFS or other partner agency. This crew member position is full time, year around for the period of the grant.
Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 PhD student(s) starting in Fall 2021 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Zhu Lab works on research questions at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes, using quantitative approaches such as remote sensing, species distribution models, and Bayesian statistical methods. Current research projects include (1) phenological responses to climate change and human activity in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) the biogeography of soil fungi in North America; and (3) wildfire propagation and forest regrowth in California. The Zhu Lab also collaborates with other research groups, such as the Peay Lab at Stanford University (https://mykophile.com) through a collaborative NSF grant (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/09/zhu-nsf.html). More information is available at https://zhulab.ucsc.edu/.
Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, as well as math, statistics, and programming. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by attending classes, workshops, and working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn.
Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) as early as possible and no later than the application deadline in December 2020 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) why interested in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, and TOEFL score (if applicable).
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.
The 2020 Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting will be offered online. Continuing Forestry Education credits (3.5 Category 1 Hours) and Master Timber Harvester credits (3.5 Category B Hours) will be offered for those attending the entire...
The RISCOS - Portuguese Association of Risks, Prevention and Safety, in collaboration with the Centre of Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT) and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra (FLUC), is organizing the V...
The 47th Natural Areas Conference, Sierra to Sagebrush: Integrating Management and Stewardship Across Landscapes, is focused on the unique ecological and management dynamics that distinguish the Nevada-California borderlands, the Great Basin and Sierra...
Presenter: Sara McAllister, Research Mechanical Engineer, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, USDA Forest Service
Every year, wildland fires seem to be more unpredictable, causing losses of both lives and property. Without a better understanding...
The Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group will convene the Interagency Fall Fire Review October 19-23 as an online conference. AFSC will present a short online workshop 10/21 from 8:30 - 10 AM followed by additional online fire science content in the...
Tentative Dates: Oct 19 - Nov 2, 2020
Objectives: To increase fire department capacity to plan and implement good fire projects in the wildland urban interface to mitigate unwanted fire effects to local communities.
Target Group: A...
Presenter: Tirtha Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvin
Presenter: Yufang Jin, Associate Professor, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
Rescheduled from March due to COVID-19 concerns. IAFC is planning a new, virtual event format. This virtual experience will provide access to educational resources on timely issues and the insights you need to keep your community safe.
Catastrophic wildfires, sometimes called “megafires,” are more and more common in the western United States. California in particular is increasingly thought of as having a year-round (24/7/365) fire season. These megafires ignore boundaries, require...
The Kentucky Prescribed Fire Council meeting will held online. Registration and other details will be posted on the website when available.
Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns
Information will be added when available.
Presenter: Neil Lareau, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
Large, high-intensity wildfires can generate their own extreme weather, including fire-generated thunderstorms (i.e., pyrocumulonimbus) and rare fire-...
Sponsored by Forests Stewards Guild
Presented by Kerry Metlen, Forest Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy of Oregon
Severe wildfires threaten forests and communities of the northern Klamath Mountains. Historically these forests thrived...
Following the unprecedented 2019/20 bushfire season, the 2020 Bushfire Building Conference is shaping up to be a crucial event for researchers, planners and building industry professionals. The Australian Bushfire Building Conference is an annual event...
- Crystal Kolden, Assistant Professor of Fire Science, University of California, Merced
- Jeanette Cobian-Iñiguez, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Merced
- Michael Gollner,...
The next South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting will be held September 9, 2020 in a virtual meeting format.
Postponed Until August 16-20, 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns
Changing Boreal Biome
Assessing the vulnerability and resilience of boreal ecosystems to climate change, and their socio-economic implications.
Session 1: Increasing...
Join the NC Prescribed Fire Council and Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists for a virtual annual meeting on August 12, 2020. A WebEx platform will be provided by the NC Forest Service.
For this year’s NCPFC annual meeting,...
Exploration of the Hot Dry Windy Index and wildfire; Climate Change and overnight fire growth
Speakers: Clairisse Reiher & Emily McCutchan, 2020 Hollings Scholars
During the summer of 2020 ACCAP and the Alaska Fire...