Purpose: Wildfires can have major impacts on water scarcity and water quality linked to off-site transfer of polluting ash and nutrients. Understanding sediment sources in burnt landscapes can help to develop mitigation strategies, especially in...
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The fire effects topic page contains resources and activities related to the study and management of the effect of wildland fire on the environment.
Fire Effects Information System
The Fire Effects Information System is an online collection of reviews of the scientific literature about fire effects on plants and animals and about fire regimes of plant communities in the United States.
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We aim to understand how did cool temperate rainforest respond to changes in climate and fire activity over the past 18 kcal yrs, interrogating the role that flammable plant species (such as Eucalyptus) have in the long-term dynamics of rainforest...
Fire is a global disturbance that has a strong influence on biodiversity. Seasonal fires are common in neotropical savannas of South America, yet few studies have analyzed how the fauna of these habitats and nearby forests respond to fire. We evaluated...
Global wildfire activity has experienced a dramatic surge since 2017. From Chile to Indonesia, unprecedented fire behavior has occurred in many areas worldwide including, but not limited to, Portugal, Siberia, Australia, the Amazon and Orinoco basins,...
The moisture content of forest floor fuels changes continuously with the influence of environmental factors; thus it has an important impact on the concentration and chemical composition of particulate matter emitted during forest fire. However, most...
Eva Strand, Associate Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management with the University of Idaho gives an overview of fuel break ecological considerations; Tim Prather, Senior Associate Director of the University of Idaho Rangeland Center, discusses...
Fuel reduction treatments are broadly implemented to reduce the risk of extreme wildfire, but research on the long‐term effectiveness and impacts of these treatments is lacking. In this study, we examined short‐ and long‐term (two and 15 ...
Fire suppression policies have been widely adopted in the páramo grasslands of the northern Andes to protect their biodiversity and ecosystem services. Páramos have been regularly burned for many years, and it is not clear how páramo...
Disturbances change the fundamental properties of grasslands on different spatio‐temporal scales. Uruguay is part of the Río de la Plata grasslands, and 60% is occupied by native grasslands dominated by perennial species. In plant...
Following the 1986 Chornobyl accident an area of approaching 5000 km2 surrounding the nuclear plant was abandoned, creating the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ). Whilst this area likely contains the most radioactive terrestrial ecosystem on earth, over...
3 vacancies in the following locations:
- Folkston, GA
- Sudbury, MA
- Burbank, WA
Wildland Fire Suppression:
- Provides oversight during initial and extended attack fires, directs fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment, and aircraft.
- Provides for follow-up actions to safely and effectively manage wildland fires.
- Assigns missions to ground and aviation wildland fire suppression resources. Makes efficient and effective use of multiple types of interagency wildland fire suppression resources with varying capabilities. Ensures common communications for interagency resources. Monitors weather and fire behavior, and communicates changes to strategy and tactics. Transfers command to an upper level Incident Management Team as necessary.
- Provides protection for life, property and resources. Selects strategies and tactics to ensure safe operations for assigned resources. Recognizes potential hazardous situations and provides operational briefings. Initiates contacts with federal, state, and/or local law enforcement personnel as necessary to close roads, evacuate structures, and deal with the public.
- Coordinates with dispatch office regarding current fire behavior and fire conditions, release of resources, and other logistical considerations.
- Responsible for the development of incident objectives and strategies and tactics, to provide for safe operations and cost effective incident management.
- Conducts After Action Reviews and makes adjustments or implements corrective actions.
- Serves as the lead for local level preparedness reviews. May serve as a subject matter expert for State and national level preparedness reviews.
- Responsible for ensuring that required documentation is completed and submitted by subordinates. Conducts audits, reviews and approves fire reports completed by others. Initiates cost share agreements for payment of expenses associated with individual incidents.
- May manage national wildland fire support resources (e.g., lnteragency Hotshot Crews, aviation assets, or other types of specialized modules).
- Performs, and supervises employees in a variety of fire management positions such as: fire prevention, preparedness, detection, resource rehabilitation, mobilization, prescribed fire, aviation operations, and training programs.
- Ensures preparedness of wildland fire suppression equipment and personnel. Serves on preparedness review teams.
- Responsible for fire caches; maintains inventory and accountable property; positions equipment and personnel for the most efficient response; evaluates equipment and personnel needs; and develops and prioritizes equipment and personnel funding requests. May be responsible for subunit caches as appropriate.
- Conducts field reconnaissance of proposed prescribed burn units, makes recommendations on appropriate treatment techniques for meeting management objectives, drafts prescribed burn plans to meet those objectives and implements approved prescribed burn plans. Performs post-burn evaluation and completes documentation.
- Develops and revises interagency annual operating plans, annual budget requests, the fire management plan and operating procedures pertaining to preparedness, wildland fire suppression, and prescribed fire.
- Assists in wildland fire management planning, coordination and implementation including, but not limited to, fire assistance program coordination, interdisciplinary team participation, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other compliance document preparation, contracting, fire rehabilitation planning, and fire mitigation measures.
- Provides oversight and management for fire facilities within the zone/area. Assists in managing the budget for facility maintenance, supplies, and equipment. Requests long- and short-term funding for wildland fire facility maintenance and improvements.
- Coordinates wildland fire and aviation related training courses and serves as a lead instructor for 300-400 level courses at the local, regional and interagency levels. Coordinates wildland fire training needs for unit personnel and submits training nominations. Develops and delivers specific training for unique unit issues.
- May serve as the unit training officer.
- Responsible for hiring of seasonal employees, employee onboarding off boarding, and remedial HR actions.
- Reviews and approves fire reports. Conducts audits of reports entered by subordinates.
- May serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and may be responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and performance measures.
- May serve as the agency fire management representative at local cooperator meetings in the absence of the Fire Management Office or Assistant Fire Management Officer.
In cooperation with the National Park Service Yosemite National Park (YOSE), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Invasive Plant Early Detection and Rapid Response Crew Member who will work in the Invasive Plant Program at Yosemite National Park. The main duties of this position will be to survey for and treat invasive plants in recently burned areas in Yosemite National Park. The incumbent will work under the direction of a crew lead, and will be supervised by the Invasive Plant Program Manager within the Division of Resource Management and Science in the Branch of Vegetation and Ecological Restoration at Yosemite National Park.
Contract Timeline: 28-week appointment, starting May 10th, 2021 (after successful completion of DOI Background Investigation) to November 18th, 2021
Sustainable Norhtwest is hiring to fill a position that will lead initiatves related to federal forest management, forest collaboration, and tribal engagement across Washington and Oregon.
The Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University, in collaboration with the Department of Statistics, the North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the USGS Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, will be hiring a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in data science to assist with efforts to develop a prototype early warning system for Prescribed Fire Managers (PFMs). The primary research objective of the successful candidate is to characterize short, medium, and long-term climatological-risk for PFMs in the Southeast US, and to build a framework that allows for optimal decision making under uncertainty.
The successful candidate will work with Drs. Brian Reich (Statistics), Jaime Collazo (Applied Ecology), and Adam Terando (USGS) to model environmental conditions conducive to prescribed burning activities over time scales of days to decades in the future. Three major objectives of the position include 1). Define, identify, and model ‘fail-states’, or the sets of conditions that PFMs wish to avoid 2) Model risk exposure of PFMs given existing numerical model simulations of future climate over near-term (days) to long-term (decades) time scales, and 3) develop spatio-temporal models to characterize extreme wildfire risk on decadal time scales.
The incumbent will also join a national cohort as part of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows (CAPF) Program. The SE CAPF scholar will collaborate with other cohort scholars from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on climate-fire issues and participate in regular training and professional development opportunities, including training on translational ecology, co-production of actionable science with natural resource decision-makers, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
This is a two (2) year position, contingent on availability of funding, based in the Department of Applied Ecology and the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center at North Carolina State University in close collaboration with the Department of Statistics. The successful candidate will be jointly mentored by Drs. Brian Reich, Adam Terando, and Jaime Collazo.
The University of Washington (UW) in partnership with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) seeks a postdoctoral researcher as part of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows (CAPF) Program. The CAPF postdoctoral researcher will be based at the University of Montana but will be supervised and mentored from the NW CASC at the University of Washington. The CAPF scholar will lead regionally focused research projects related to climate-fire dynamics. In addition, the CAPF scholar will collaborate with other CAPF scholars from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on climate-fire issues. Finally, the CAPF scholar will participate in regular training and professional development opportunities, including training on translational ecology and the co-production of actionable science with natural resource decision-makers, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration across academic disciplines.
The position of Forester is to assist cooperators within the Skagit Conservation District in planning and applying resource conservation practices associated with forestry and native vegetation. Funding for this position is subject to availability of state and local government grants and contracts and collection of rates and charges. The person hired for this position is directly responsible to the Executive Director and works under the technical supervision as identified by the Executive Director.
Resilient Forestry is a growing small business run by two forest ecologists. They work in all aspects of forestry, forest science, and forest management, specializing in ecological forestrestoration work. The business is based in Seattle, but it works across the PNW with small andlarge public and private landowners on a diverse variety of projects.
Resilient Forestry is looking for motivated folks to collect data in forests around Washington and Oregon during the Spring through Fall field season. Full time or part time seasonal positions are available with the potential for permanent appointments. Opportunities to gain GIS and other technical skills in future projects.
We are looking to support a PhD student (stipend, tuition, health coverage) to work on a NSF project, Managing Future Risk of Increasing Simultaneous Megafires starting as early as summer 2021. This project will involve colleagues at the University of Washington and National Center for Atmospheric Research with expertise in climate science, public policy, and fire ecology. Elements of this work are to understand biophysical influences on fire activity at different scales, particularly related to widespread lightning-ignited fires, and develop convergent approaches for understanding how the confluence of fire suppression and land management approaches can ameliorate future synchronous large fires.
The University of Alaska Anchorage and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have partnered to study the effects of the 2019 wildfire season on the mental health of communities in Southcentral Alaska. Through activities both with community...
Part 2 of 3 - Perspectives on the Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke Intrusions
In the last five years, wildfires have devastated cities and caused loss of life, lasting health effects, and major property damage for many areas in...
To wrap up the Mountain Studies Institute's Forest & Fire Learning Series, you will learn about local wildfire resources and mitigation efforts with Alex Graf and Gem Boone. Alex will cover some of the many programs and services offered by Wildfire...
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW’s 12th Biennial Bushfire Conference, postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19 saftey restrictions, will now take place online as a virtual conference on:
Tuesday 4th of May, Wednesday 5th of May and Thursday 6th...
The 13th Fire and Forest Meteorology Symposium, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and under the AMS Agriculture and Forest Meteorology Committee, will be held 11-13 May 2021. Due to continued uncertainty and restrictions on travel...
The leadership of the NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) plans to convene their 7th Science Team Meeting May 11 & 13, 2021, virtually. More information at ...
Part 3 of 3 - The Path Forward for Smoke Management from Increased Prescribed Burning
In the last five years, wildfires have devastated cities and caused loss of life, lasting health effects, and major property damage for many...
A Virtual Conference, for Real World Problems
Join the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) on a trip around the world through the lens of wildland fire. Across four days in May 2021, the IAWF will present real world risks and...
Sponsor: Oregon State University Extension's Forestry & Natural Resources Fire Program
A series of webinar sessions and online local meetings will address preparedness at three levels:
- Individual – What you can do now to get...
Sponsor: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Presenter: Dr. Laura Goodman
Grasslands and savannas worldwide are an imperiled biome—particularly as a result of woody plant encroachment (WPE), increasingly extreme climatic conditions, and more...
Sponsor: Southwest Fire Science Consortium
This webinar will share research on forest structure and understory vegetation responses to three restoration treatments (thin/burn, burn, and control) over 10 years on a mixed-conifer site in...
Part 1 of 3 - Smoke Exposures in the 2020 Western Wildfire Season
In the last five years, wildfires have devastated cities and caused loss of life, lasting health effects, and major property damage for many areas in Western...
Presenter: Kevin Bladon, OSU
This online seminar series will cover the breadth of wildland fire research relevant to California and introduce researchers to new topics and research groups across the state. Topics will include fire weather,...
Sponsor: International Association for Fire Safety Science
Presenter: Elsa Pastor (UPC, Spain)
Part of the LOF&BE Webinar Series
The 2nd evening in the Forest & Fire Learning Series will feature ongoing studies conducted by partners at Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) and Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS). Researchers Scott Roberts and Dr. Rhoades will share data and...
Join in this multi-day learning opportunity! An interactive virtual workshop about ecosystem services and entrepreneurial opportunities using forest biochar in the Four Corner States. Click...
Sponsor: USDA Forest Service Research and Development
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting a workshop that will feature a series of discussions with researchers, managers, tribes and adjacent landowners to improve wildfire management decision-making for the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge....
Presenters: Marin Chambers, Research Associate, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute; Chuck Rhoades, Biogeochemist, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
This webinar is part of the Colorado Wildfires 2020 Webinar Series hosted by the Colorado...
Presenter: Christine Wiedenmyer, NCAR
This online seminar series will cover the breadth of wildland fire research relevant to California and introduce researchers to new topics and research groups across the state. Topics will include fire...