Wildfire was here before us. The east slope of the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon encompasses a diverse range of forest types, from cold and wet forests at high elevations near the Cascade Crest, to warm and dry forests share in common, is that...
The fuels topic page contains resources related to the study of fuels, including, but not limited to, fuel categories, fuel properties, fuel moisture, plant flammability, fuel availability, and fuel consumption.
Standard fire behavior fuel models (RMRS-GTR-153)
This report describes the standard fire behavior fuel models for use with Rothermel's surface fire spread model. The report provides a fuel model selection guide, fuel model crosswalk, and set of fuel model photos are provided. Additional materials include the NewFuelModelsFour.xls, its help file, and a power point presentation.
Scott, Joe H.; Burgan, Robert E. 2005. Standard fire behavior fuel models: a comprehensive set for use with Rothermel's surface fire spread model. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-153. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 72 p.
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In ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests of the western United States, prescribed burns are used to reduce fuel loads and restore historical fire regimes. The season of and interval between burns can have complex consequences for the ecosystem,...
During a wildfire, it's not uncommon to have all three types of fire. The proportion of each type, however, can vary greatly day to day or even minute to minute depending on fuel, topography, and weather conditions. Fuel, topography, and weather drive...
This data publication contains a vegetation map derived as part of a prescribed fire research campaign conducted at the Camp Swift Military Base in Bastrop County, Texas on January 15, 2014. The Camp Swift Fire Experiment 2014 consisted of three fires...
This data publication contains fuel loading, fuel consumption, fuel moisture, and surface-area-volume ratios for vegetation samples collected as part of a prescribed fire research campaign conducted at the Camp Swift Military Base in Bastrop County,...
Wilderness areas offer value to society as a source of scientific information. In 2011, 2012, and 2015 we collected data on tree stands, seedling and sapling regeneration, fuel loads, and ground cover on up to 30 sites within South Fork Flathead River...
Federal wildfire managers often want to know, over large landscapes, where wildfires are likely to occur and how intense they may be. To meet this need we developed a map that we call wildfire hazard potential (WHP) – a raster geospatial product that...
Prescribed (i.e., controlled) burning is a common practice used in many vegetation types in the world to accomplish a wide range of land management objectives including wildfire risk reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, forest regeneration, and...
Prescribed fire is often applied with the goal of reducing fuel loads and lessening the impact of future wildfires on humans. As fuel represents habitat for some animal species, fuel reduction treatments are likely to affect species’ access to...
Key message: The collective analysis of a relatively large number of wildfire observations documented in conifer forests, dry eucalypt forests and temperate shrublands revealed that the forward rate of fire spread is roughly 10% of the average 10-m...
- Administers or supervises the administration of timber stand improvement, fuels reduction, reforestation, cone collection, and other vegetation management contracts.
- Serves as a COR for administering contracts.
- Prepares project plans and contracts for silvicultural methods and techniques in planting, seeding, site preparation, cone collections, timber stand improvement, fuels reduction, and tree and shrub improvement projects.
- Inspects all phases of reforestation and stand improvement projects; appraises the degree of conformance with policies, procedures, and silvicultural plans; and recommends corrective action as required.
- Coordinates silvicultural needs with other resource specialists.
- Serves as a full member of an IDT on reforestation, timber stand improvement, fuels reduction, range, and landscape restoration projects.
- Plans, coordinates, and evaluates the timber stand improvement program; prescribes cutting practices based on an examination of stand conditions and esthetic or other resource requirements.
- Participates in preparation and review of reforestation and timber stand improvement environmental documents.
- Duties listed above are at the full performance level.
- 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.
- Serves as the lead for the TRPA Forest and Ecosystem Health program and works with land management agencies to accomplish the basin’s forest health goals.
- Leads the update of Chapter 61 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances to reflect current forestry best management practices.
- EnsuresTRPA policy and regulation are continuously reviewed and updated as needed to meet the needs and goals of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
- Serves as the staff lead for the TRPA Governing Board Forest Health and Wildfire Committee.
- Supports the TRPA Environmental Threshold Update strategic initiative to update the basin-wide standards and goals for vegetation management.
- Plays an active role in the multi-agency Tahoe Fire and Fuels team.
- Represents TRPA and leads interagency teams in the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership.
- Facilitates implementation of the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-Jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention 10-Year Strategy.
- Serves on the Sierra and Eastside Regional Prioritization Groupand interfaces with the California Forest Management Task Force.
- Assists in environmental review and permitting of forest fuels reductionand ecosystem health projects.
- Seeks funding sources that supports the Forest and Ecosystem Health Program, works collaboratively to submit multi-agency funding application packages and provides grant administration as needed.
- Manages and tracks all EIP performance measure data related to forestry and ecosystem health.
- Works with partners to achieve TRPA regulatory compliance and “thinks outside of the box”on how to streamline processes and meet mutual project goals.
- Proactively looks for collaborative solutions to project implementation challenges and leads strategic program improvements.
- Prepares and presents staff reports to the TRPA Governing Board and a variety of work groups and committees.
- Produces high quality reports for program partners, the public and elected officials.
- Manages and oversees special projects pertaining to the Environmental Improvement Program.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Health Division is looking to add to its growing team of natural resource professionals committed to restoring and managing the health of Washington's forests. This position will play a critical role analyzing and monitoring forest health conditions that will inform large forest landscape restoration efforts such as the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan. In this role you will interact with a wide variety of scientists, land managers and stakeholders to help them understand complex scientific concepts and apply them in landscape restoration efforts.
If you are a scientist that has proven experience managing natural resources, analyzing landscape level forest health conditions and risk using remotely sensed datasets, developing forest health treatment plans and prescriptions, communicating complex scientific topics to technical and non-technical audiences, publishing research findings in refereed publications, and a passion and commitment to working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to create healthy, resilient forested landscapes, the DNR wants to hear from you!
Job duties include:
- Develop cutting-edge tools to analyze forest conditions and accelerate pace and scale of treatments
- Partner with DNR scientists and other researchers to analyze and monitor forest health conditions
- Perform landscape evaluations to develop forest health treatment prescriptions for priority watersheds
- Working with land managers to translate science into practical applications
- Build and maintain statewide forest health datasets
- Develop and implement monitoring and research projects
- Conduct fieldwork to inform landscape evaluations and monitoring studies.
- Follow instructions issued in a timber cruise plan.
- Conduct sample measurements of forest stands to estimate the amount of standing timber.
- Use standard forest measurement tools such as diameter tape, tree calipers, clinometer, angle gauge, prism, compass, and increment borer.
- Determine area of timber resources by traversing harvest unit boundaries and road locations.
- Assess quality and determine defects in timber.
- Complete assigned resource management support tasks within established deadlines.
- Prepare, process, and interpret reports of timber cruise data using a computerized system.
- Apply silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.
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 one day workshop includes presentations and a field trip that will focus on the ecology and management of eastern Sierra Nevada forest ecosystems, and related topics.
The Nature Conservancy will be hosting S-190, S-130, L-180 and I-100 which are all essential courses for becoming a Wildland Fire Fighter Type 2. The training will be held at TNC’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, located in Bristol, Florida....
The Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) uses the Incident Command System (ICS) to coordinate the weeklong Wildfire Academy. Under the ICS structure, the MNICS Incident Management Team (IMT) works closely with 2019 Minnesota Wildfire Academy...
The SW LA Forestry Association, the LSU AgCenter, LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF), and the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will be having a workshop to enable forest landowners to burn their lands safely and legally....
Lead Instructor: Brian Stearns, Huron-Manistee National Forests Huron Shores Ranger Station
This three-day, field- and classroom-based workshop is open to all participants of any affiliation, and will introduce participants to: tools for...
Join us as we bridge the gap between science and management when it comes to issues related to duff in southeastern upland ecosystems. This workshop will be a true exchange designed to expose natural resource managers to useful scientific studies and...
The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference allows a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, conservation practitioners, educators, students and community members from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to converge and discuss conservation. It’s a time to connect,...
Partners: Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium, Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists, Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council.
The theme of this conference will be “Laying Out a Restoration Road Map”. The...
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.
Shortleaf Pine and Pine Oak Woodland Restoration
Wildfire Suppression Through Prescribed Fire Training School
Learn how to “Fight Fire With Fire!”
- Firefighters, landowners, emergency planners, anyone interested in controlling wildfire fuel load is encouraged to attend.
FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. Gerould Wilhelm Director of Research at the Conservation Research Institute and co-author of “Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis”
Participants will develop a legal Burn Prescription that focuses on specific goalsand objectives, for different reasons a landowner might have for managing theirproperty. Topics include: Range Management, Ground Cover Restoration, TimberManagement...
Wildfires across the United States have cost more than 100 lives and more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in just the last two years. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to improve the wildfire safety of your home and community. Take...
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This presentation will focus on findings from JFSP-supported graduate research on post-fire conifer establishment following recent wildfires in eastern Oregon's Blue Mountains. Given shifting climate and...
The conference theme is "Fuels of Today - Fire Behavior of Tomorrow" Understanding Fire Behavior and Fuels for Sound Decision Making and Effective Management
This conference will provide government and nongovernment professionals at all levels a...
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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...
Join the broader community of Molokaʻi professionals dealing with wildfire threats and impacts for a facilitated conversation about next step hazard reduction priorities and projects.
During the action planning portion of the workshop,...