Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - March 2015

In This Issue

Consortium Staff
Jack McGowan-Stinski
Program Manager

Administrative Committee
The Ohio State University
Charles Goebel, PI
David Hix, Co-PI
Eric Toman, Co-PI
Robyn Wilson, Co-PI
Michigan State University
Jessica Miesel, Co-PI 
Wayne State University
Dan Kashian, Co-PI 
Greg Corace, Co-PI
USFS Northern Research
Brian Palik, Co-PI
Randy Kolka, Co-PI
Matt Bumgardner, Co-PI

Advisory Committee

Jim Barnier, WDNR
Marty Casselius, BIA
Paul Charland, USFWS
Theresa Gallagher, USFS
Dave Heaman, OMNR
Andy Henriksen, NRCS
Michele Richards MI NG
Mark Sargent, MI DNR
Darwin Schultz, MI TNC
Scott Weyenberg, NPS

March 2015: Volume 6, Issue 3

Webinar in April

Easy-To-Use Smoke Tools


Trent Wickman
Air Resource Management
Great Lakes National Forests - Eastern Region
USDA Forest Service
Superior National Forest

April 16, 2015


Have you ever wanted to do more with smoke but figured learning the tools would take too long or the programs would be too difficult to run?  Attend this webinar and learn how easy the tools are to learn and use.  Specific tools covering smoke from the planning phase of a project to day-of-the-burn projections will be covered.


CLICK HERE to connect to the Webinar

(No registration or passcode needed – please choose “Guest Login” and type in your First and Last name)

Or copy-and-paste into your browser:

For more information on this webinar click HERE

2015 Intern Funding from LSFSC


The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing 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, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region.  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.     
The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards.  It is expected that funds will be used primarily as a stipend for an intern, which can be either a current undergraduate or graduate student. 
 All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on April 9, 2015 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 be no longer than three to six months and a final report to the LSFSC will be required upon completion of the project.  Proposals that do not meet all requirements will not be considered for funding. Each proposal will be reviewed and its merits judged in the context of specific goals, nature of the collaborative arrangement, and potential for the collaborative relationship to continue into the future.
The proposal should:

  1. Clearly articulate the nature of the fire and/or fire management issue
  2. Describe the significance of the issue locally and to the region
  3. Outline a clear plan of action (including the specific research questions or objectives and methods)
  4. Describe how the intern will help advance this plan
  5. Specifically outline deliverables and a time frame for each
  6. Provide a clear indication of the collaborative relationship and plans to continue the collaborative research into the future. 
 This information is also available on our website HERE.
To view examples of the successful internship awards in 2013 and 2014, please see our webinar recordings for 
December 19, 2013 and December 18, 2014.
Questions should be directed to:
Charles Goebel, LSFSC Program Director (; 330-263-3789) 
Jack McGowan-Stinski, LSFSC Program Manager (; 989-287-1734) 

Great Lakes Live Fuel Moisture Study 

Assessing the Drivers of the “Spring Dip” in Foliar Moisture Content and their Potential Impact on Forest Fire Behavior
In 2013, a partnership was formed between the Missoula US Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC) with the goal of performing detailed analysis of the chemical and physiological factors that combine to make our pine species in the Lake States so extremely volatile in the spring of the year.  Dr. W. Matthew Jolly, Research Fire Ecologist at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory and project leader for this expanded live fuel moisture study, visited the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in March and presented the latest results of his analysis of data collected in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan over the last two years.
Click HERE to see a YouTube recording of this informative presentation.
You can also
view a webinar recording of preliminary results that LSFSC hosted in 2014.

2015 Fire-Adapted Communities Field Guide

The FAC Learning Network Field Guide is the first in-depth look at the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and summarizes recent activities and accomplishments for the Network's 17 hub organizations. The Guide also provides a snapshot of current Network membership and includes contact information and key partner lists for each hub.
From Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Northeast Region February 2015 Newsletter

2015 is the "Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire" Campaign

To help communities prepare for and reduce their risk of wildfire damage, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with generous funding and support provided by State Farm®, has launched the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign aimed at residents and fire departments in an effort to keep wildfire safety at the top of the list for people living in the nation’s highest risk areas. The year-long campaign highlights and provides actionable, engaging information and specific activities and projects under three major themes:  Plan, Act, and Embrace

From February to April, the focus of the campaign will be on Plan, which will promote resources to help residents plan for projects to take place on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 2, 2015). Additional resources will highlight how to conduct community wildfire risk evaluations, prepare an application for Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition for a neighborhood, create a home inventory for insurance purposes, and more.  

From May to August, the theme of Act will kick off with Wildfire Community Preparedness Day as the focus. Participants are encouraged to act on this day or in other planned Firewise events throughout the season, to practice their evacuation plans, and to apply for Firewise recognition. This phase of the campaign will place special emphasis on helping firefighters be safer in fighting wildland fires. 

From September to December the theme is Embrace. Residents and fire departments can share their success stories and lessons, and demonstrate how they have taken special safety steps throughout the year to reduce the risk of wildfire damage in their communities. Success stories will be highlighted at NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference in October in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

For more information about the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign and ideas about how to participate in each phase, please visit    

The Science of Spot Fires Webinar Recording

Number 5 in “The 2015 Extreme Fire Behavior Webinar Series”
USDA Forest Service research meteorologist Brian Potter summarized the current knowledge and trends, and knowledge gaps, in this webinar presented in March.

Click here to view the recording.

Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests Webinar

As part of “The 2015 Extreme Fire Behavior Webinar Series” you can view a webinar on May 7, 3 PM ES/ 2 PM CST on Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests by Marty Alexander and Miguel Cruz.

2014 Wildland Fire Incident Review Summary

The information in this report comes from wildland fire incidents submitted from various agencies to the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center during 2014. 

View the complete report at Wildfire Lessons Incident Summary 2014.

Regional Fire Trainings

The following fire training opportunities have been brought to our attention. If you are offering fire courses in the next year please send information to Jack McGowan-Stinski so we can post in future newsletters for you.

2015 Minnesota Wildfire Academy
June 1-5, 2015 at Itasca Community College
Sponsored by Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) partners and Advanced Minnesota Fire Training

Course Schedule and Tuition


Regional Conferences and Meetings

2015 MN Prairie Grouse Conference & MPCS and MSGS Joint Meeting
April 17-18, 2015 at Hackensack, MN
Registration and agenda materials are under development; check out either the MN Prairie Chicken Society and/or the MN Sharp-tailed Grouse Society websites for more information.

Conferences in the U.S.

Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves: Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire
13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire
April 20-24, 2015 in Boise, ID

9th Annual Wildland Fire Litigation Conference
May 1-3, 2015 in Monterey, CA
Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference
May 27-29, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Special Session on Fire in Wetlands at the 2015 Society of Wetland Scientists meeting
May 31-June 4, 2015 in Providence, RI

2015 Wildland Fire Education Conference: Backyards and Beyond
October 22-24, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, SC

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
Advancing Ecology in Fire Management: Knowledge Transfer through Workshops, Presentations, and Meetings
November 16-20, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas

Want to submit an article, post an event or training, tell a success story?

Does your agency, organization, or community have a wildland fire science project , event, training, or story you would like to see featured in the Lake States Fire Science Consortium Newsletter? 
Please send submissions to Jack McGowan-Stinski.
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