[Excerpted from text] Forest fires are known to behave in a variety of ways, sometimes in quite unexpected ways. Prompt suppression requires that the fire boss, in estimating the probabilities of control within the allowable period, consider factors...
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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.
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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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Observations of vortices of various types produced in a large thermal plume are described. The apparatus used to generate the plume is the Meteotron, an array of 105 fuel oil burners with a total heat output of approximately 1000 MW. Three types of...
To study mechanisms affecting particulate matter production from forest fires, a combustion chamber system was developed. This closed system was used primarily for producing cylindrical laminar diffusion flames by burning alpha-pinene under controlled...
In compartment fires a situation often develops in which a layer of oxygen-depleted gases builds up in the upper part of the enclosure. The downward reach of such a layer can be sufficient to make its lower boundary interact with the fire plume. In...
Particulate-matter emission factors and Byram's fire-intensity values were computed for experimental backfires in pine-litter and palmetto-gallberry fuels in the Southeast. The combined data for both fuel types were in reasonable agreement with...
Data on the optical absorption properties (expressed as a specific absorption, Ba) of the smoke emissions from fires with forest fuels have been determined for a series of low-intensity field fires and a series of laboratory scale fires. The Ba data...
Prescribed fires are used on about 155,000 acres of land each year in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington. Particulate matter emission factors can be altered by selecting optimal burning conditions to improve combustion efficiency....
During a series of fire behavior tests in black spruce-lichen woodland near Porter Lake, Northwest Territories (l07°88"W, 61°79"N) the last fire of the series escaped confinement and burned over 1430 hectares. This report investigates the...
This paper is part of the Proceedings of the Third Central Region Fire Weather Committee Scientific and Technical Seminar, Apr. 3, 1986, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
FIRECAST is a computer program that estimates fire behavior in terms of six fire parameters. Required inputs vary depending on the outputs desired by the fire manager. Fuel model options available to users are these: Northern Forest Fire Laboratory (...
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 Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a full-time, eleven-month, tenure-track position (75% Research and 25% Teaching) in fire modeling. The department is seeking a candidate to contribute to research related to understanding wildland fire behavior and risk in Oklahoma and the United States. Application and/or development of models to understand fire behavior at multiple spatial scales is required. Possible outcomes of research include improved management of fuels and smoke with prescribed fire, reduction of wildfire risk and mitigation of its effects to infrastructure, reduced impacts of smoke on human health, and improved ecosystem function. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with multidisciplinary faculty in natural resources, climatology, social science, and engineering to meet the needs of diverse stakeholder groups.
Review of applications will begin December 15, 2020, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The position will be filled by June 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as an outstanding candidate is available.
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.
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Presenter: Dr. Marty Alexander
The prevalence of wildfire disasters across Canada over the past two decades such as occurred in Kelowna, BC in 2003 and Fort McMurray, AB in 2016 has prompted a continuing search for solutions to address the...
Postponed until October due to COVID-19 concerns
Included in the agenda:
Keynote Panel: Impacts of the PG&E Bankruptcy and California’s Wildfires –Evaluating the Paths ForwardCalifornia’s ongoingwildfireproblemand PG&E’s...
Sponsored by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium
Presented by Martha Sample and Andi Thode, Northern Arizona University
Martha Sample and Andi Thode will be presenting recent work on a Fire-Climate Adaptation ‘menu’ of strategies and...
Postponed until the Spring of 2021 due to concerns over COVID-19.
May 4th – 17th 2020
- NWCG Prescribed fire experience and training (FFT1, ENGB, FIRB, FEMO, RXB2)
- Experiential learning in local fire ecology and management...
ABSTRACT: The Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) as it exists today has evolved through various forms over the decades, driven by ongoing research and decision support needs of fire management operations. The...
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. New dates to be determined.
Central Oregon TREX – April 27 to May 8, 2020 – Bend, Oregon
Ashland TREX – April 27 to May 8, 2020 – Ashland, Oregon
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...
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...