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January 2013 Newsletter: Vol.4: No.1

Webinar This Thursday
January 17th at 2:00 ET/ 1:00 CT

Dynamic Disturbance Interactions in the Border Lakes Region
A model landscape for investigating, understanding, and anticipating changing forest environments

Douglas J. Shinneman, PhD
Supervisory Research Fire Ecologist, USGS

Click here to join the meeting.

Other Webinars

UW-Madison Biology Student
Fire Effects Posters

As part of the Consortium's Fire Science Gap Analysis project, Dr. Jessica Miesel mentored at least nine Introductory Biology students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with required independent research projects.  Summaries of the work from the Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Fall 2012 semesters can be viewed on our website.

Like the others, they presented their posters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Introductory Biology Poster Symposium.  These focused on reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods.

Click on the titles below to download the posters from the latest group for detailed viewing.

Android CFFDRS Fire Behavior Calculator

FWI & New Zealand Fuels
Although designed specifically for New Zealand fire managers and supported by the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, it is available for download for free to any android smartphone from the Google Play webstore.  It requires weather inputs in metric units and provides spread rates and fire intensities the same way.  Fire Weather Index outputs are unitless.

Click here to learn more.

Conferences This Month

January 29-31
Grand River Center
Dubuque, IA

Simulating Wildland Fire Scenarios
to Train Decision-makers

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is one of many agencies that use simulated fire situations to train individuals in leadership and communication skills. Instead of the traditional sand-table, where trainees observe developments from above, they use video clips played at specific times to support role players and radio communications.
As shown on the left, the trainee is making decisions and communicating instructions to role players while a coach and evaluator look on. At the same time, the exercise manager directs role players and technical specialists to insure that the student receives appropriate challenges.

Contact Randy McKenzie for more details and their plans to incorporate a new tool,

New Hazard Scale for the
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

Created by the National Institute of Standards & Technology and the USFS, it considers fire and ember exposure from a single source, wildland fuels. 
The WUI Hazard Scale is designed to consistently measure the expected risks from fire and embers during a WUI fire event for individual locations within a community, taking into account the ever-changing nature of those hazards.

Click News Release for more details.

Lake States Administrators

Consortium Staff

Robert Ziel
Program Coordinator
Jessica Miesel
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Elizabeth Toman
Assistant Professor

Advisory Committee

Joint Fire Science Program Regional Consortia 2012 Evaluation Report

This report provides a good picture of the JFSP Knowledge Exchange Network, the scientists, managers, and administrators that use them, and information about the range of efforts to date.
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