Fire, geomorphic processes, and landforms interact to determine natural patterns of ecosystems over landscapes. Fire alters vegetation and soil properties which change soil and sediment movement through watersheds. Landforms affect fire behavior and...
Fire Behavior Portal
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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A theory of ecosystem succession relates the continuum of fire frequency and intensities to mean annual carbon burning in major ecosystems of the world. Low fire frequency and release of C are contrasted with combinations of (1) low frequency, high...
Forest fires play a multiple role in the ecology of Ontario's boreal mixedwood forest: this forest is a fire-dependent ecosystem that would lose its character, vigor, and faunal and floral diversity in the absence of fire. The role of fire in land...
Most presettlement Canadian and Alaskan boreal forests and Rocky Mountain subalpine forests had lightning fire regimes of large-scale crown fires and high-intensity surface fires, causing total stand replacement on fire rotations (or cycles) to 50 to...
The length of flames of wildland fires is a relative indicator of fireline intensity and an important index to fire effects and difficulty of control. A technique for measuring flame height and flame-tilt angle for the purpose of calculating flame...
University of Wollongong
The Professor/Associate Professor and Director in Bushfire Risk Management leads and fosters excellence in research on fire science, environmental management, climate change and natural hazards, and its application into high-level policy development to improve bushfire risk management. The position is the Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires (CERMB) and the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub (BRMRH). These successful research groups are renowned for their work in engaging with government and industry partners to develop cost-effective strategies to mitigate the risks that bushfires pose to people, property and the environment.
Text of the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) statement:
Climate change has already had significant consequences in the global wildfire reality, affecting citizens as well as the global wildland fire community. Many key issues of importance to the IAWF - including firefighter and civilian safety, fire management expenses, changing weather patterns, natural role of fire, fire regimes and ecosystem succession, as well as the wildland urban interface - all require recognition of the role of climate change.
Globally, we regularly see new reports about the “worst”, “largest”, “most expensive”, and “deadliest” fires and fire seasons. In 2019 and 2018, striking headlines read “Arctic on Fire” (Sweden, Russia, Greenland, Canada and Alaska), and the most expensive and largest fire years were recorded in 2018 in California and British Columbia, respectively, breaking the previous records set in 2017. The Camp Fire (CA, 2018), Attica Greece (2018), Black Saturday Australia (2009), and Portugal (2017) fires were all ranked amongst the top 11 deadliest fires in the last 100 years.
Under current climate change scenarios, fire regimes will change in terms of increases in burned area, severity, fire season length, frequency, and ignitions from lightning. Many parts of the world have already experienced an increase in record breaking temperatures and recurring droughts that have led to shifts in wildland fire. There is already evidence of climate-driven fire regime change in the Northern Hemisphere upper latitudes with fire risk increasing in non-traditional fire-prone countries. The consequences of human actions are here today, not in some distant future, and these are alarming and, most important, escalating.
The IAWF encourages all countries to emphasize increased international fire training and to implement easier cross-border sharing of professional fire management resources for suppression and prescribed fire opportunities. These will lessen the irrationally heavy burden any single country will have to carry to manage extreme fire seasons. Homes and communities must be better planned and built, so they are increasingly fire resistant and more adapted to natural disasters of all types. Health impacts of fires have long-term consequences, not only those that are immediate from the flames but also those from smoke and toxins, and these must be considered when planning and managing for future wildland fires. Wildfires and smoke do not recognize borders. As the global community tries to manage the new wildfire challenges, it is incumbent on everyone to prepare to support international neighbours in protecting lives and communities from fires and their impacts.
IAWF Vice-President Toddi Steelman recently said in Wildfire magazine (August 2019) that “Recent extreme weather events have catalysed public belief in, and concern about, climate change, and boosted public support for government actions to reduce its harmful impacts. This gives us a window of opportunity when conditions are right to make great strides on climate if we are strategic about it.” This window of opportunity requires people having the knowledge and political will to act now. Our global scientific community needs to publicly share knowledge learned about patterns of extreme wildland fire and weather, as well as how climate change is associated with these patterns. Our global fire management community needs to leverage its credibility to share its experiences about how climate change and its role in extreme weather is playing out in their day to day work environments. Connecting extreme weather events to real on-the-ground consequences can help more people understand how climate impacts are affecting us all.
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Evening lecture Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Great Acadia Fire 70 Years Later: What Happened? Could it Happen Again? What if it Happened Again?
The Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME...
The Era of Megafires is a 70-minute, multi-media presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg, who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks...
2017 Fall Fire Science Workshop
Annual Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (AWFCG) Interagency Fall Fire Review
Colorado's natural areas offer numerous models for successful conservation and collaboration, including the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program, which manages more than 36,000 acres. The Natural Areas Conference returns to Colorado for the first time...
The workshop will be held October 10-14, 2017, near Montreal (Quebec, Canada) at the UdeM field station, Station Biologique des Laurentides http://www.sbl.umontreal....
Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges, commonly known as TREX's, provide participants and communities with experience and training on how to plan and implement controlled burns while building stronger local networks of expertise. No expertise is needed...
Northern Great Plains Section of the Society for Range Management is holding their annual meeting in Bismark, the Great Plains Fire Exchange is co-sponsoring a field tour.
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Webinar presenters: Charley Martin, LANDFIRE Fuels Team Lead, and Tobin Smail, Fire & Fuels GIS specialist, both Technical Support Services Contractors to the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
October 2 - October 15, 2017
Objectives: Provide participants and communities along the Klamath River with experience and training on how to plan and implement controlled burns, protect communities from wildfires, and prepare for managing...