The survival potential of fire-damaged ponderosa pine is dependent on many factors, including season when the fire occurs, percentage of crown scorch, and consumption of live crown material. Other factors influencing survival include site conditions,...
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A model has been developed for predicting the number of lightning-fire ignitions in wildland fuels. The model is based on both stochastic and physical processes. Stochastic methods are used to generalize the lightning storm characteristics and site...
Predicting fire behavior in nonuniform fuel arrays is a problem requiring: 1. A method of assessing fuel nonuniformity, 2. A method of simulating fuel nonuniformity, and 3. An algorithm governing fire spread through a simulated array. Satisfying these...
Elk use of aspen alones was deterred only one winter following prescribed fire. Numbers of aspen suckers on the nine burned clones increased 178 percent in 3 years, but the response varied greatly among clones. Elk browsing the third winter after...
Land use planning has truly reached a high plateau in this country. Planning is firmly entrenched and here to stay. With the population increase and therefore increased resource demands, our resource producing land base is shrinking. We must strive for...
Today, natural resource managers and scientists are required to evaluate and even anticipate the effects that management practices for a single resource will have on the production or use of all other natural resources. For example, a successful...
Although wildland fires are fairly common in New Jersey, fatalities directly caused by fire are very rare. However, on July 22, 1977, a fire in the Bass River State Forest claimed the lives of four volunteer firefighters. Since these men were well...
Emissions of particulate matter from prescribed fire in Georgia were sampled from an airplane and from various points on the ground. The source strength for the tire was determined, and an average emission factor for particulate matter of 10.3 g kg^-1...
Five series of photographs display different forest residue loading levels, by size classes, for areas of like timber type (Sierra mixed conifer and Sierra true fir) and cutting objective. Information with each photo includes measured weights, volumes...
A fire danger/fire behavior Custom Read Only Memory (CROM) has been developed for the Texas Instruments model 59 hand held calculator. It can be used to compute both 1978 National Fire Danger Rating indexes and components and several variables used to...
Position Overview: Serves as the agency’s lead expert on prescribed fire – use, application and implementation. The primary purpose of the position will be to provide leadership in the use and applicability of prescribed fire in Washington, develop a prescribed fire program within the agency and develop a prescribed burn certification program for those who practice prescribed burning in the State of Washington (see RCW 76.04.183). This position serves as a mid-level manager providing oversight and program advocacy for the appropriate use of prescribed fire as well as long-term growth and viability of the program.
The position will provide support for the successful operational use of prescribed fire in helping to achieve the goals of the agency’s 20-year Forest Health Strategic Plan for Eastern Washington (https://www.dnr.wa.gov/ForestHealthPlan). Additionally, the position will be expected to collaborate with other prescribed fire experts within the region and regularly report on the use, application, implementation and effects of prescribed fire in Washington with an emphasis in forested ecosystems.
Required Education & Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in fire science, fire ecology, forestry, other applicable field.
• Minimum 10 years of experience as a wildland firefighter with experience in PNW or similar fuel types and use of prescribed fire.
• Knowledge of forest & fire ecology in the PNW or similar ecosystems and successful management strategies to address those issues.
• Demonstrated successful experience with fuels & vegetation management, fire management, and prescribed fire plans.
• Proven skills in the development and/or implementation of a similar program at the local, state or federal level.
• Prescribed fire and fuels management - experience in activities such as:
o Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; fuel loading assessments)
o Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods
o Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans
o Conducting surveys before and after prescribed fires to determine attainment of resource objectives
• One year of experience in successfully administering contracts, interagency agreements, grants, or other partnership agreements.
• Currently qualified as NWCG RXB2 or higher OR RXM2 or higher.
Working Conditions & Special Position Requirements:
• Travel is required including overnight travel – lodging/meals covered.
• Must have valid Washington driver’s license; this position requires driving as an essential function. Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid driver’s license as defined in agency policy
• Use/application of prescribed fire which will require ability to navigate on foot varying & diverse terrain; ability to work in smoke filled environment.
Included in this free class:
- A trunk and curriculum containing 40 hands-on activities for teaching about wildland fire science
- Covers physical science of combustion, fire history, succession, and fire effects on plants andanimals
- New curriculum & streamlined materials - just released
- Includes materials on fire use by Native Americans
- Lessons for elementary, middle, and high school levels
When: June 20-21, 2019.
Where: Fire Sciences Lab, Missoula, MT
Proposals for special sessions, workshops and trainings, oral and poster presentations, fire circles, and attached meetings are now being accepted.
Call for Special Sessions ~ Deadline April 1, 2019
Call for Workshops, Trainings, and Courses ~ Deadline April 1, 2019
Call for Oral and Poster Presentations ~ Deadline August 1, 2019 for Oral Presentations and August 30, 2019 for Poster Presentations
Call for Fire Circles ~ Deadline August 1, 2019
Call for Attached Meetings ~ Deadline August 30, 2019
The Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a unique program blending maximum field prescribed burning experience with a flexible curriculum of classroom instruction on foundational topics for prescribed fire practitioners.
The PFTC is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Training locations are dispersed throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Attendees will travel to several remote sites during their stay to take advantage of prescribed burning and learning opportunities with a variety of agencies, fuel types, and challenges such as urban interface.
The Southeast is an ideal site for the PFTC due to the year round burning programs of several agencies, broad prescription windows, and the high level of interagency cooperation. During their 20 day tour, individuals should expect to participate in prescribed burns conducted for a variety of objectives. The wildland urban interface is a focus of PFTC, and most participants will have opportunities to conduct burns in interface situations. This variety of field experience with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies offers an accelerated learning opportunity for the participants.
FY2019 20-Day Sessions:
- January 6, 2019 to January 25, 2019
- February 3, 2019 to February 22, 2019
- March 10, 2019 to March 29, 2019
- April 7, 2019 to April 26, 2019
- June 2, 2019 to June 21, 2019
FY2019 Agency Admin Workshops:
- October 25, 2018 to October 30, 2018
- February 28, 2019 to March 5, 2019
This year's meeting will include a half-day field tour/demonstration burn on Monday, April 23, an evening social and dinner that evening, and a full-day meeting on Tuesday, April 24.
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Information will be added when it becomes available. To get more information regarding the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of SER, click...
The workshop consists of two intense days of entertaining hands-on activities for teaching students about wildland fire behavior, ecology, management and more. Content focuses on the newly developed curriculum specific to the ecosystems in the Sierra...
Last summer, fires in Canada, Washington, and Oregon blanketed the Willamette Valley in smoke. Is this the new normal? How can we manage forests to reduce the number of megafires? And what can cities do to protect residents and drinking water?
In 2017, nearly 9,000 wildfires in California burned an area the size of Delaware, including 10,800 structures, and killed at least 46 people. Wildfires in northern California alone caused approximately $11.8 billion in damage, and lingering smoke...
Presented by Adam Young, Ph.D. Candidate, Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences.
When: April 9 - 25, 2018
The Objective of the 16 day TREX program in Wisconsin is to facilitate peer-to-peer, experiential learning for prescribed fire professionals and others interested in advancing their knowledge and tool-...
Day one of the symposium is targeted to a broad audience and will include a focus on partnerships between LTER researchers and the broader Alaskan resource management community, including fire managers, and the knowledge that...
2018 Spring Fire Science Workshop:
University of Idaho Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences Guest Speaker
"Are historical mixed-severity fires sustainable in lodgepole forests on central Oregon's Pumice Plateau?"
Dr. Emily Heyerdahl
USDA Rocky Mountain...