Tools, Models, and Product Presentations

    ATDropping_MVPFx_0814_med.jpgFire Chemicals on the Alaska Landscape
    Presenter: Shirley Zylstra
    Anchorage Presentation:, 1 hour 23 min
    Fairbanks Presentation:, 1 hour

    Shirley Zylstra, of USFS Missoula Technical Development Center (, gave a talk and demonstration on the properties of aerial retardant, foams and gels along with tips on improving effectiveness. She included some information on toxicity of new vs. older long-term retardants used in Alaska, video clips, and demonstrations. Here are links to (edited) Feb 10, 2015 presentation to fire managers in Fairbanks, Alaska--about 1 hr in total and Anchorage presentation Feb 8th (higher quality). This might be good material for basic firefighter classes as well as for fire resource advisors like wildlife and fisheries biologists.

    FirstFrame.pngWebinar:  Demonstration of Canadian Fire Behavior Calculator REDApp
    Presenter: Neal McLoughlin
    Web Home of REDApp:
    Watch the demonstration on AFSC Vimeo Channel:

    REDapp is a universal fire behavior calculator developed with financial support from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), and in-kind support from fire management agencies across Canada.  Unlike WFDSS, Behave, FSPro and other fire growth models, REDapp is intended to provide basic fire behavior projections with minimal training. Managers introduced to REDapp at a fall workshop in Fairbanks felt the tool could be used by field operatives, dispatchers, managers, and other agency cooperators to link numerical outputs of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) with potential fire behavior and spread. Neal McLoughlin from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development gave a demonstration of how to use REDapp, using the 2013 Mississippi fire by Delta, Alaska as a test case.


       2013 National Logistics Webinar series
       Meeting: March 26-28, 2013
       Presentations: Agenda and recordings available here, thanks to the Lessons Learned Center YouTube channel.

    The first National Logistics Webinar series was held in March 2013. A diverse cadre provided information on a variety of logistics topics.


    2013 Alaska WFDSS Modeling Refresher, Webinar
    Presenters: Mitch Burgard, Jennifer Barnes, and Tom St. Clair
    April 18, 1-2:30 ADT
    Watch the recorded webinar (mp4, 1 hr); download parts 1-4 (wmv, 15 min. each).

    This webinar is targeted towards those doing fire analyses in WFDSS (Wildland Fire Decision Support System-- or those with an interest in doing them in the future. Mitch Burgard,Wildland Fire Management RD & A, Rocky Mountain Research Station, presented WFDSS modeling enhancements that have occurred since last year. Jennifer Barnes, Fire Ecologist, National Parks Service Alaska Region, demonstrated the use of WFDSS Short Term Fire Behavior module on tundra fires in the Noatak Valley in 2012. Tom St. Clair led a group discussion on calibrating the models for use in Alaska, use of NFDRS Fuel Types, and cooperative efforts for the upcoming 2013 fire season.

    ottmar-field.jpgPresentations from RX410 Smoke Management Techniques Class
    Presenters: Roger Ottmar  and Heidi Strader
    Available presentations are Unit 4--Characteristics of Smoke, Units 5A & 5B--Effects of Smoke on Public Health and on Firefighter Health, Units 8A & 8B--Estimating Smoke Production and Variables Affecting Smoke, and Unit 7--Smoke Management Meteorology.

    Roger Ottmar, a research forester for the USFS Pacific Wildland Fire Science Laboratory in Seattle,  has studied smoke and effects on firefighter and public health for years and has instructed Smoke Management classes many times.  We recorded selected presentations on the characteristics of smoke, firefighter and public health impacts of smoke, and calculating emissions using CONSUME 3.0 and FCCS (Fuels Characteristics Classification System) at the RX410 class March 25-29, 2013, Fairbanks, Alaska. Heidi Strader is a fire meterologist for the National Park Service at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks.  We recorded her presentation on Smoke Management Meteorology (Unit 7).

    weatherclip.pngWeather Information Management System (WIMS) Winter Maintenance
    Presenters: Jan Passek, Sharon Alden, Heidi Strader
    Webinar: Watch the recorded video (mp4)
    Download: Webinar summary (pdf, 1.5 mb)

    The Weather Information Management System (WIMS) is a comprehensive system that helps agencies manage weather information.  This Webinar explained the basic use and maintenance of WIMS and explored database roles & responsibilities as well as basic uses, tips for error-checking, and  how WIMS data is used to generate fire danger ratings.

    olson_akportal1.jpgAlaska Fire Portal
    Presenter: Diana Olson
    Meeting: 2009 Workshop
    Download: Presentation Slides (pdf; 1.5 MB)

    The FRAMES Alaska Fire Portal provides information about fire science technology relevant to Alaska. This website allows users to quickly find projects, tools, documents, websites, and data.

    drury_iftdss_1.jpgDevelopment of The Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System
    Presenter: Stacy Drury (pdf; 20.8 kb)
    Meeting: October 2009 Webinar
    Downloads: Presentation Slides (pdf; 2.9 MB)

    The Joint Fire Science Program and the National Interagency Fuels Coordination Group developed the IFT-DSS in collaboration with fuels specialists to encourage scientific collaboration across agencies, control ong-term costs, and improve the quality of data analysis. This webinar will provide an introduction to the IFTDSS and discuss the workflow scenarios that have been developed to address common goals and objectives in fuels treatment planning.

    duffy_seasonalpredictions.jpgEarly Season Forecasting of Annual Area Burned in Interior Alaska & Modeling the Potential for Grassland Dominance in Interior Alaska
    Presenter: Paul Duffy
    Meeting: 2009 Workshop
    Download: Presentation Slides (pdf; 5.9 MB)

    An annual area burned forecast model has been developed using monthly temperature and precipitation and other monthly teleconnection indices.  This early season forecast may benefit fire managers and assist in pre-season planning.  ALFRESCO has also been utilized to estimate the probability and conditions that would result in grassland dominance.

    rupp_alfresco_1.jpgProjected Vegetation and Fire Regime Response to Future Climate Change in Alaska - ALFRESCO
    Presenter: Scott Rupp
    Meeting: 2010 JFSP Board Visit
    Downloads: Presentation Slides (pdf; 3.9 MB), Recording (wmv; 11.4 MB)

    The ALFRESCO model has been utilized to project a landscape level shift to a largely deciduous dominated vegetation type, given current climate trends of increased warming and drying.

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