August 2013 Newsletter: Volume 4, Issue 8
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point launches a Wildland Fire Science Program
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources (CNR) (http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr) will become the first institution in the eastern United States to offer a Wildland Fire Science undergraduate program fall 2013. CNR’s integrated natural resources curriculum, and presence of their nationally-recognized Fire Crew student organization, forms a solid base for this new program.
Ron Masters, Associate Professor of wildland fire science, will lead the program. Masters’ background has focused on fire as an ecosystem process, the use of fire in ecosystem restoration maintenance for wildlife and vegetation management, and fire behavior modeling. Masters notes that, “This program will prepare students for the complex issues involved in fighting and preventing wildfires, while using fire as a management tool. Graduates will be equipped in the arenas of both fire management and fire ecology.”
Students will gain a number of skills including practical experience in developing prescribed burn plans, working knowledge of wildland fire policy, suppression, and use; predicting fire behavior; fuels management; fire plans; and fire ecology. Students will also receive basic wildland firefighter certifications, and have the opportunity to pursue additional training and certifications to be competitive in the job market.
The program includes spring break trips allowing students to broaden their awareness of the application and use of prescribed fire in other states, and gain experience burning with practitioners in the field.
To learn more about the wildland fire science program contact Ron Masters at 715-346-3500 or email@example.com
Upcoming Fire Trainings
S130/190 L180 - Introduction to Wildland Fire:
This five day course satisfies the NWCG requirements for FFT2. A certificate will be issued upon course completion and passing grade on final exam. The course prepares new firefighters in basic firefighting skills and behavior factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires.
Fox Valley Technical College - Wautoma, WI - Register Here
September 9th-13th (M-F) 8 am to 6 pm
S290 - Intermediate Fire Behavior:
This four day course satisfies NWCG requirements for S290. A certificate will be issued upon course completion and passing grade on final exam. This course is designed to prepare the prospective supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. Must have completed S130/190.
Fox Valley Technical College - Wautoma, WI - Register Here
October 30th - November 2nd (Wed-Sat) 8am-6pm.
Upcoming Fire Conferences
Please join us for the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council’s (MPFC) ( www.firecouncil.org) 2013 Annual Meeting/Workshop held September 5 & 6, 2013 in Lansing at The Library of Michigan. In keeping with the mission of the MPFC to promote the safe use of prescribed fire on the Michigan landscape, the workshop will feature presentations including an update on EPA air quality standards, Michigan’s smoke management plan, climate change and fire interactions, Phragmites, and more. In addition, there will be a panel discussion on Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) where prescribed fire managers and representatives from Michigan fire departments will discuss the dynamics and considerations when burning in proximity to an urban environment. Concurrent training classes will be held on the second day of the workshop including NWCG S-131 Course, prescribed fire plan writing, and a course on the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS): an S-290 supplement.
The deadline for registration is August 28th. Register now. Please download the 2013 ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA for details. For questions about the annual meeting, please contact Ryan Koziatek at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269)381-1574 ext. 41.
Have Concerns about Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface?
An op-ed from the Denver Post provides an interesting perspective (click here to read).
The white paper referenced by the author of the op-ed lays out the difference characteristics of 'common standard' and 'local option' states in more detail (click here to read).
An excellent Wildfire Lessons Learned write-up about the Citadel Fire Jump Spot RLS:
On July 21, 2013, at 1230, Jumper 49 with eight Smokejumpers was ordered to the Citadel Fire (HR0D) on Craig BLM. After standard smokejumper operations, the fire activity increased and the para-cargo in the jump spot was burned up by the fire. Smokejumpers were able to salvage their jumper gear. No injuries were sustained. Read more here.
Pictures “from space” of Oregon Wildfires: View website here.
National Preparedness Level raised to 5, first time since 2008:
The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) (www.nifc.gov/news/nmac2/index.html) raised the national Preparedness Level (PL) to the highest possible today, PL 5. The primary reasons for going to PL 5 were:
Read more at: Wildfire Today | News
The high level of current fire activity in Idaho, Oregon and Utah, plus emerging large fires in California and Montana.
A weather forecast that calls for the possibility of widespread lightning and hot and dry weather over an extended period.
Some shortages of national resources.
Prescribed Burning in Fire-prone Landscapes:
Interesting Read on Global Prescribed Fire Practices
The Ecological Society of America's first online-only Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment showcases prescribed burns around the globe, some of them drawing on historical practices to manage forests and grasslands in fire-prone regions.
The Online Special Issue looks at fire practices in the United States, Australia, southern Europe, South Africa and South America. One review article focuses on the cooperative efforts of U.S. ranchers in the Great Plains using fire to help control juniper encroachment on native grasslands. Another features traditional aboriginal approaches to minimize greenhouse-gas emissions from savanna fires in northern Australia, while traditional Mayan practices to produce "forest gardens" are applied to create spaces within the forest for different kinds of crops while contributing to soil fertility and sustaining wildlife are highlighted in another. Finally, in southern Europe, a significant challenge is contending with stringent laws that create obstacles for using managed burns to decrease wildfire risk and manage habitats for grazing and wildlife.
The August online-only issue of Frontiers is open access, as are all Frontiers Special Issues. "Prescribed Burning in Fire-prone Landscapes
" may be viewed at: http://www.esajournals.org/toc/fron/11/s1