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Fire Effects

Definition: The physical, biological, and ecological impacts of fire on the environment.
(National Wildfire Coordinating Group/Fire Research And Management Exchange System)

The fire effects topic page contains resources and activities related to the study and management of the effect of wildland fire on the environment.

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Fire Effects Information System

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Job: Area Cooperative Extension Advisor - California (posted November 15, 2018)

The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for forestry and natural resources will conduct a locally-based extension, education and applied research program to address high priority issues with focus on forest resource management and the sustainable use of forest resources in the three counties. Important issues to be addressed include sustainable forest stewardship, forest fuels management, fire resilience, forest restoration, water quality, fire-wise communities education, carbon sequestration, invasive species, pest management, air quality and public education. The CE advisor will work with landowners, government and non-government agencies to reduce risks of wildfire and manage post-wildfire revegetation; focus on making healthier communities by providing access to the research and education of the University to support the sustainability of the natural environments; and work to improve the Californian’s understanding of forest ecology and management to foster sustainable productive use of forests.

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Job: Conservation Forester - TNC - Maine (posted November 14, 2018)

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy seeks a knowledgeable, energetic Conservation Forester to manage 160,000 acres of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified timberland and ecological reserves at the Upper St. John River Forest. Secondary responsibilities include assisting our Stewardship team in management of the 45,000-acre Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area and other sites in Northern Maine. The Conservation Forester will have a unique opportunity to manage one of the most dynamic and impactful forest conservation projects in the United States. Communicating and sharing forest management and conservation outcomes and lessons learned with Conservancy staff, partners, and contractors are important parts of the work.  The position is a hands-on field-oriented job with an expected 50% or more time spent in the woods.  This position will require regular overnight travel and may be based near Millinocket, Maine or another community with good access to the forest of northern Maine.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 1/3/2019.

Job: Fire Fighter Type 1 - TNC - Double Springs, AL (posted November 14, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The FFT1/ICT5 participates in prescribed fire management activities including, but not limited to: ignition, holding, mop-up, preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, and post-burn monitoring.  May perform other natural resource management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, he/she will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials.  In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community as necessary. This may include participation in wildland fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short term employee of the partner entity (such as an Administratively Determined, short-term federal employee).

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 12/14/2018.

Job: Lead Wildland Firefighter-Prescribed Fire/Fuels - Joint Base Charleston, SC (posted November 13, 2018)

Incumbent will be a member of the Shaw Wildland Support Module for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch based at Joint Base Charleston, SC. The Wildland Support Module is responsible for implementing prescribed burns and responding to wildfires on Air Force property throughout the area of responsibility and the U.S.
 
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Team Lead and to provide operational oversight and planning of wild land fire suppression/non-suppression activities and specialized expertise. The incumbent is also responsible for preparedness, prevention, prescribed burning, monitoring, hazardous fuel reduction within assigned area of responsibility. The incumbent also assists in writing and executing wildland fire management plans, prescribed burn plans, and preparedness plans.
 
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/26/2018.
 

Take this Survey to Keep WindNinja Going (posted November 8, 2018)

Over the last 10 years WindNinja has seen sustained development and is now widely used by operational wildland fire management both in the U.S. and abroad. In case you're wondering who uses it besides you, here are some quick statistics:

  • 20+ peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 7+ million model runs in the last year by 3056 unique users in 70 countries
  • Used by WFDSS, FlamMap, Prometheus, Wildfire Analyst, IMETs, FBANs, ARAs
  • Non-fire: training search and rescue dogs, simulating canyon incision on Mars, wind erosion, paragliding conditions

We want to continue to grow and improve the model, but development and maintenance of the model is costly and we currently have no dedicated support for this purpose. We've reached a point where we need to find additional funding to support these efforts. Here's how you can help us keep WindNinja going:

If WindNinja has been useful for your work and you would like to see our efforts continue, please let us know how you use WindNinja and why it has been useful for you by answering a few short questions here:

https://goo.gl/forms/dGKmAW60grZ41qdB2

We will use this feedback in our attempts to garner support for WindNinja development. You can also send feedback to wind.ninja.support@gmail.com.

Job: WAFWA Executive Director (posted October 31, 2018)

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is seeking an Executive Director. This position reports to WAFWA’s Board of directors and is based at the headquarters office in Boise, Idaho. The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of WAFWA, a nonprofit corporation, and its affiliate organizations - the Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife, and the Species Restoration Foundation. The Executive Director must be willing to operate within the strategic direction set forth by WAWFA’s Board of Directors. He or she, must also be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an deadline-oriented workplace, while overseeing multiple projects and initiatives, and managing an onsite and remote workforce currently consisting of 18 permanent staff and numerous independent contractors. Occasional work outside normal office hours and periodic out-of-state travel are required.

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Submit Your Weed Control Questions - Pacific Fire Exchange (posted October 25, 2018)

PFX will be hosting a webinar in November (Day & Time TBA) with James Leary, Invasive Weed Specialist, on herbicide weed control/ fuels management. 

Email Melissa@hawaiiwildfire.org with your questions and they will do their best to incorporate them into the webinar!

Nominations for IAWF Awards (posted October 22, 2018)

We encourage you to gather your information to nominate some very deserving individuals for these prestigious awards! The recipient does not need to be an IAWF member to receive an award. Awards will be presented at one of our upcoming IAWF Conferences in 2019. Four awards are currently accepting nominations until December 3, 2018:

1) Ember Award for Excellence in Wildland Fire Science
2) Firebreak Award for Excellence in Wildland Fire Management
3) Early Career Award for Fire Science
4) Early Career Award for Fire Operations

Economic Impact of Fire Events on Livestock Production in California - FIRE Survey (posted October 22, 2018)

If you're a livestock producer in California that's been affected by wildfires in the last 10 years, UC Davis/Berkeley invites you to participate in this 15-30 minute survey. "This survey will provide critical information that can be incorporated into guidelines aimed toward proving the foundations for future fire economic assessments and management decisions."

Click here to take the survey

Job: Research Associate - Colorado State University (posted October 11, 2018)

The Research Associate II will work in Dr. Schultz’s Public Lands Policy Group and conduct research, write papers for practitioner and academic audiences, and conduct outreach in the field of forest fire management. The incumbent will be tasked conducting research activities and assisting in the preparation of peer-reviewed publications through background research and literature review, qualitative data collection, and report writing. Projects will focus on federal fire management, with an emphasis on prescribed fire, fire management in the Wildland-Urban Interface, and cross-boundary and partnership efforts associated with federal fire management. The RA II also will participate in project development and communication with sponsors, other research collaborators with whom we are conducting research on wildland fire management, and other interested audiences.

Click here for a full position description.

PhD Position in Ecosystem Dynamics - University of Idaho (posted October 9, 2018)

The University of Idaho seeks a sincere, motivated, and creative individual to apply for an exciting PhD assistantship in Ecosystem Dynamics. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Arjan Meddens to examine the spatial and temporal patterns of ecosystem dynamics across the western United States. You will work on highly relevant research which aims to improve ecosystem resilience to future disturbances across the larger landscape under rapidly changing climate conditions. Since this position is initially funded by a Teaching Assistantship (TA), the candidates’ research area is somewhat flexible. Potential research topics include: (1) the dynamics of fire refugia and utilization of fire refugia by plant or animal species, (2) spatial and temporal patterns of bark beetle outbreaks, (3) measuring ecosystem structure at the forest-tundra ecotone, and/or (4) the utilization of high-resolution (UAV) lidar applications for forest measurements. A genuine interest in teaching is required and an interest in societal impacts of disturbances and management applications is highly desired. The position includes approximately 2 years of TA funding with the potential for more RA (Research Assistantship) funding later in the PhD. The successful candidate will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources and Society in the College of Natural Resources, which has great collaborative faculty with expertise in both the social and biophysical sciences.    

Requirements: An active interest in teaching with good interpersonal skills as wells as strong quantitative background – as demonstrated by courses taken, programming skills, and GRE scores. Field experience and a well-rounded educational background in ecology, geography, fire science, and natural resource management is desired. The position will begin in the Fall of 2019.  

This position has approximately 2 academic year (9 months) Teaching Assistantship funding available with the possibility of more funding in the summer and following the first two years. Annual compensation package is competitive and depends upon experience.   

If you like to be considered for the position, please send a letter of interest and a CV to Arjan Meddens (ameddens.@uidaho.edu).

Lake States Fire Science Consortium Intern Program 2019 Request for Proposals (posted October 1, 2018)

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States.  Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa.  Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.
 
In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See our Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally. Preference will be given to partnerships that have not yet received funding from the program.
 
The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards.  It is expected that 100% of the funds should go to support the undergraduate internship experience (preferably for salary though a limited amount of funds may be used to purchase materials and supplies needed to complete the project - funds should not be used as a supplement or summer salary for graduate students). All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern / 4:00 PM Central on Monday, December 3, 2018 by email to Jack McGowan-Stinski. There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.
 
Proposals should be concise and no longer than four (4) pages in length. It is anticipated that the projects will last no longer than three to six months. Upon completion of the project a brief final report, and a webinar presentation, will be required. Proposals that do not meet all requirements will not be considered for funding (see Proposal Requirements below). Each proposal will be reviewed and its merits evaluated in the context of specific goals, nature of the collaborative arrangement, and potential for the collaborative relationship to continue into the future. See Review Criteria, and Conflict of Interest for Reviewers.
 
Proposal Requirements
Title:
Principal Investigator Team: Names and Affiliations of Research and Management Team 
 
  1. Overview
  • Clearly articulate the nature of the fire science and/or fire management issue, and how the scientist and manager team came together to address this issue
  • Describe the significance of the issue locally and to the region
  1. Project justification and Expected benefits
  • Articulate how the proposed internship will address one or each of the following:
    • facilitate development of a new or emerging cooperative project between research and management in the area of fire ecology and/or application, or
    • create a unique training experience for the intern that will enable that person to more easily work across traditional boundaries impeding integration of fire research and management in the Lake States region
  1. Plan of action
  • Describe the specific research questions or objectives and methods
  • Specifically describe how the undergraduate intern will help advance this plan
  • Briefly describe how the undergraduate intern will integrate with both scientists and managers as part of the project
  1. Schedule
  • Specifically outline deliverables and a time frame for their completion
  1. Future plans
  • Describe how the relationship supported by this internship will contribute to an ongoing collaboration between the scientist and manager team beyond the funding period
  1. Budget
  • Provide an itemized budget for the project
  • Most funding should support the undergraduate intern; however, a small portion of the budget can be used to purchase materials and supplies that support the research project.  Travel and indirect costs will not be supported
To view examples of the successful internship awards in 2013-2017, please see the webinar archive and recordings for December 19, 2013; December 18, 2014; November 19, 2015November 17, 2016; and January 25 2018 (Webinar for 2017 Intern Proposals). The 2018 internship awards webinar presentation is scheduled for January 17, 2019. Please note that the required sections have been updated for this year’s announcement and prior proposals may not include each of the required sections.
 
Questions should be directed to: 

Eric Toman, LSFSC Program Director (toman.10@osu.edu; 614-292-2265)

Jack McGowan-Stinski, LSFSC Program Manager (mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu; 989-287-1734)  

Lake States Fire Science Consortium Intern Project 2019 Funding Opportunity Notice (posted September 12, 2018)

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States. Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa. Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.

In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See the LSFSC Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally. Preference will be given to partnerships that have not yet received funding from the program.    

The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards. It is expected that 100% of the funds should go to support the undergraduate internship experience (preferably for salary though a limited amount of funds may be used to purchase materials and supplies needed to complete the project - funds should not be used as a supplement or summer salary for graduate students). All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern / 4:00 PM Central on Monday, December 3, 2018 by email to Jack McGowan-Stinski. There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.

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FEMA announces Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM) Fiscal Year 2018 (posted August 9, 2018)

FEMA announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 application cycle on August 3, 2018.  The application period is October 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.  The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is posted on www.Grants.gov.  The FY 2018 PDM Fact Sheet provides an overview of the agency's priorities for this year.  FEMA will offer NOFO webinars for potential applicants prior to opening the application period. View the complete webinar schedule.

Click here for more information.

Check it out: Fire science between the covers - Field Guide to the Canadian FBP System (posted August 6, 2018)

With all of the tools, supplies and gear that fire managers need, the last thing you would expect them to take to a wildfire is a book. But Steve Taylor’s little red book, Field Guide to the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System, has been part of fire manager and fire crew leaders’ toolkits for over 20 years. Taylor and retired fire researcher Marty Alexander, have blended the complex series of mathematical equations that make up the system with their own knowledge and experience in the 120 page guide.

Read more in the Natural Resources Canada 'Simply Science' article

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