This note presents equations for calculating maximum spot fire distance from firebrand sources in the Intermountain West based on prevailing windspeed, vegetation cover, and terrain in the area. The equations include the capability to predict spotting...
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From the text ... 'It is now recognized that indiscriminate slash burning has no place in current forest management. We must improve prescribed burning practice to accomplish at reasonable cost what no other treatment can provide on many sites....
Oaks stands which will not reproduce themselves without disturbance may have been shaped originally by fire. A long—term study of the effects of fire on oak species was begun on the Duke University forest. During the first year six sites under closed...
From the Introduction: 'Pocosins or evergreen shrub bogs represent perhaps the least studied and least understood vegetation type on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Their limited economic value, impenetrable character, and alleged dense populations of...
Our recognition of the role of fire in our Pacific Northwest ecosystems has come from studies of existing and past vegetation, fire scars on trees, sail charcoal layers, even-aged character of some of our forests, and recorded historical accounts. All...
One of the first groups of insects to colonize the burned area in large numbers was this mycetophagous family, characterized by Corticaria linearis (240 adults/m2 in 1976) and Conionomus nodifer (105 adults/m2 in 1977). This was the first record of...
Fire is a an important ecological force which has fashioned numerous phytocoenoses through the world. But, owing to several ecological factors, its action has been stronger in countries with mediterranean climates. The aridity of the climate has played...
It is shown that similarity solutions in strong buoyant plumes (plant or axisymmetric) exist if a local characteristic turbulent diffusion coefficient varies inversely proportional to the square of the local gas density in the plume. The similarity...
From the text...'Disparate estimates of trends in carbon storage in the major forest regions of the earth have focused attention on: (1) possible roles of forests in the global carbon budget, and in potential climatic change, and (2) the need for...
From the text...'....this review will concentrate on discussing the major evolutionary adaptations of Australian plants and animals to fire and the ecology of fire in Australian forests. The effect of fire on vegetation has been reviewed by...
We are looking for a new team member to manage projects to improve wildfire resiliency and forest health, including vegetation management for defensible space for properties and emergency evacuation/access routes, and coordinating the Fire Safe Council for San Mateo County. The position is full-time at 40 hours per week. It is grant dependent, currently funded through 2020 with the intent to secure ongoing funding. The CPM will report to the Natural Resource Specialist and will work with other staff as needed to ensure the successful implementation of projects. The CPM will work closely with a broad array of partner organizations, government agency staff, and public and private landowners. It is expected that a new Conservation Project Coordinator will be hired to assist the CPM with program activities.
- Drives engine to fire locations, frequently over unimproved roads.
- Positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment, and how the equipment can best be used in control and mop-up operations.
- Starts pump engine, primes pump, adjusts engine speed and pump valves, lays hose, and uses appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.
- Has specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chain saw operator, or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations.
- Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.
- Inventories fuel beds, prepares associated reports, performs hazard fuel reduction projects, monitors burning conditions, piles vegetation debris and acts in assigned positions such as ignition or holding specialist during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire.
- Performs project work such as road and trail maintenance, fuel bed inventory, habitat improvement, burned area rehabilitation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.
- Assists in the preparation of hazardous fuels treatment plans and burn plans.
Physical Demands: Essential functions require arduous exertion for protracted periods of time such as, but not limited to, extensive running, walking, climbing, kneeling, stooping, pulling hoses, jumping and twisting. Duties involve rigorous field work requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on employee during fire activities. The duties of this position require that the incumbent meet the arduous level of physical fitness as measured by the current physical fitness testing standards.
Work Environment: The work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees F and fall below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Employee must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor bivouac and eating situations under an unpredictable set of circumstances. Employee may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.). Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
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
Join us for a practical workshop for landowners concerned about how to best manage fire on tracts with significant duff loads. The workshop will begin with a short classroom session that will cover the science of...
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Co-Sponsored by The Sierra Nevada Research Institute and Western North American Naturalist.
This symposium will focus on the responses of Sierra Nevada forest organisms and ecosystems to increasing climate stresses. Talks and posters featuring...
This two-week workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and training required to develop and implement prescribed burn plans with a focus on setting ecological objectives, assessing burn complexity, assessing resource needs, contingency...
The International Association of Wildland Fire is presenting this workshop in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regional Strategy Committees.
The theme of the Wildland Fire Canada 2019 Conference is new paths, new partnerships. Theme topics include:
- Collaborative strategies and shared learning: focuses on local, regional and national collaborations in wildfire...
Join the Association for Fire Ecology and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium for the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. The Congress will expand the ecological concept of pyrodiversity to explore interconnectedness among a...
Organized by the Alaska Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee. Presented by Jennifer Jenkins, BLM Alaska.
Content: Locations and processes for acquiring data used in WFDSS for fire behavior modeling
- Perimeters ...
Researchers investigated the influence of brush cutting and prescribed fire on soil heating levels relevant to restoration goals. Preliminary results support a growing body of evidence that high subsurface moisture and low soil temperatures of late...
Presented by: Wade Steady, M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
This workshop consists of two intense days of entertaining hands-on activities for teaching students about wildland fire behavior, ecology, management and more. Goals include:
- Engage in activities from the Sierra Nevada FIRE WORKS...
What will you learn?
This presentation introduces a new line of research in our laboratory; one examining the role that nonforest plays in the wildfire resilience of inland montane forests. In past work, we were consistently...
The dates of this training are: March 30-April 13, 2019.
Objectives: To conducta series of controlled burns on The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preservetoprovide experiential learning opportunities to participants....
In association with the Interagency Spring Fire Operations Meeting
2019 Spring Fire Science Workshop:
Thesis Defense by Peter Noble, M.S. Candidate, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources
Major Professor: Dr. Travis B. Paveglio
Interagency Spring Fire Operations Meeting Presentations:
Predictive services and seasonal outlook Heidi Strader
Three Northeast-Midwest Regional LANDFIRE Fuels Calibration workshops are being held (in Albany, NY, Martinsville, IN, and Milwaukee, WI) in conjunction with the USFS Region 9 risk assessment and LANDFIRE Remap. For the ongoing wildfire risk assessment...