The Terai ecoregion of the Himalayan foothills is among the most fire-affected ecosystems in the Indian sub-continent. Although most of the Terai has already been lost to agriculture and urbanization, the few remaining native habitats are strictly...
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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Fire is an important ecological disturbance, but anthropogenic wildfires increasingly threaten native ecosystems and human lives. In fire-prone ecosystems, zero-fire policies have been replaced by active fire management to reduce the risk of wildfires...
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Fire plays a role in the vast majority of terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers have discovered that the negative effects of prescribed fire on soil, water and vegetation are transitory, and that benefits are much greater. This paper presents a synthesis...
The Forester I will work in some of the most beautiful parks in the State Park System which include 40,000 acres of redwood (including several old-growth redwood stands), Douglas-fir, oak woodland, bishop pine and Sargent’s cypress forest types.
The position will work independently and as part of a multi-discipline resource management team to plan, develop, and monitor forest management projects working in support of the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Program. The position will perform professional duties in connection with forest management, protection, and planning. The major areas of emphasis include forest and fire management. In addition, the incumbent will serve as the lead for the District's tree hazard program, utility vegetation management and external requests for boundary vegetation modification. The Forester I will lead staff, contractors and/or labor crews in performing the activities of resource management and will be required to work cooperatively with a wide variety of disciplines both within and outside of Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District.
Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) is a 30-year-old nonprofit with a mission to work with the community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley. SEC seeks a full-time Restoration Technician/Fire Specialist to help fulfill the organization’s Restoration Program initiatives. The Restoration Program is dedicated to the repair, enhancement, and stewardship of over 4,000 acres of private and public lands in the Sonoma Valley, including Sonoma & Nathanson Creek, Montini Preserve, Sonoma Overlook Trail, Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve, Sonoma Garden Park, and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. SEC's ecological restoration services include biological site assessments, native plant seed collection and propagation, invasive plant mapping and treatments, streambank stabilization and erosion control, trail maintenance, debris management, and fire fuel management. The position will also assist with the Biochar Program through fuel reduction projects and forestry pile burning.
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.
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Presenters: Randy Swaty, Ecologist, and Jim Smith, LF Program Lead, TNC-LANDFIRE
Sponsors: Lake States Fire Science Consortium, Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, and Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
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...
Sponsored by Southern Regional Extension Forestry
Presented by Dr. John Nowak - Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection
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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...
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...
Postponed due to COVID-19 concerns
Sponsored by the Southern Fire Exchange
Presented by Louise Loudermilk, Ph.D., USFS Southern Research Station
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Presenter: Micaela Petrini, M.S. Candidate, University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources
Major Professor: Dr. Teresa Cohn
Sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences Spring 2020 Seminar Series
Presenter: Dr. Vikram Yadama – Professor, Composite Materials & Engineering Center; Site Director, University of Idaho Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites...