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Issue 118 | January 23, 2015



The 2015 Extreme Fire Behavior

Webinar Series 


(and a special retirement...)
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Seven webinars covering important content 

highlighted in our 

Extreme Fire Behavior publication

Above: Firefighters at the 2013 Powerhouse Fire, south of Lake Hughes, California. Dave McNew/Getty Images AFP

Stay tuned January through early May as we roll out these important webinars. All will be recorded for later viewing. 
 Effect of Complex Terrain on Extreme Fire Behavior 
January 27 - Craig Clements  
 
 
Critical Fire Weather Patterns –Western United States 
February 11 - Paul Werth

Fire Columns and Plume Dynamics 
February 26 - Brian Potter

 Spot Fires 
March 12 - Brian Potter

Vortices and Wildland Fire 
April 30 - Scott Goodrick and Jason Forthofer 

 

Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests 
May 7 - Marty Alexander and Miguel Cruz

Registration and Info for all EFB Webinars
AND... 
Next week, we at JFSP say a fond retirement farewell to
Tim Swedberg. Check him out in the very back row of this 1980 photo of the Palomar Hotshots. He's the big dude with the big smile on the right.
Palomar Hotshots 1980
The Power of  ‘&’
 
1975. The founding of the Palomar Hotshots on the Cleveland National Forest - my first permanent job at $3.50 an hour. We cut line with brush hooks. Experience was the best teacher. We learned by the stories of your foremen - like Gary Glotfelty, George Mangel, Barry Callenberger, and Red Wilson, who survived the Decker Fire. We learned from stories of the Inaja Fire, Loop Fire, and so many others -  just in southern California.

Wildland fire science was just beginning then. Easy to read fire behavior publications by Clive Countryman appeared on the scene. In 1977, Carl C. Wilson wrote, “Fatal and Near-Fatal Forest Fires: The Common Denominators”. 

 
No longer was experience the sole teacher.
The time had come for learning from experience
& fire science.

 
I encourage you to continue to learn from both your experiences & science publications such as our Extreme Fire Behavior Syntheses. Paul Gleason was often quoted, “Be a student of fire”, & I suggest you also be teachers.

It has been fun for 40 years. I hope some of our stories from JFSP helped you learn along the way. It’s time to say adios. 

All the best…
Tim Swedberg 
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