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Reading fire field trip, two webinars, new brief, and more
April 2013 Newsletter
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Reading Fire field trip

In The CFSC will be co-hosting a field tour and discussion of the 2012 Reading Fire with the Lassen Volcanic National Park on June 18th. The tour and discussion will focus on reconstruction of the incident chronologies, a discussion of the risk assessment and decision making process, severity patterns relative to historic events, and future wildland fire opportunities. The trip will be led by NPS park and regional fire management and ecology staff. The majority of time will be in the field after a short introduction to the park and an incident report of the fire. Registration will be limited - sign up early if you would like to attend.

The Reading Fire from the Harness Fire Lookout. Photo: NPS
 

Upcoming webinars

Register for CFSC webinars here

Using fire to increase the scale, benefits, and pace of forest management
Malcolm North, USFS PSW Research Station
1pm PST Tuesday, April 23rd
Description: "
The current pace and scale of fuels treatment is a fraction of whats needed to effectively reduce fire hazard in California.  With the Forest Service implementing a new planning rule and starting to revise plans for the 155 National Forests, new strategies need to be considered for fundamentally changing current approaches to fire.  This talk suggests making much wider use of managed fire, discusses current obstacles to its use and examines some possible remedies."

Restoration release of overtopped Oregon white oaks increases 10-year growth and acorn production
Connie Harrington, USFS PNW Research Station
11am PST Tuesday, April 30th
Description: "Dr. Harrington will present results from a 10-year study of Oregon white oak response to restoration release treatments. Her talk will address additional information about tree growth under different restoration scenarios, providing important new understandings of the issue and management topics such as conifer encroachment and overtopping of oaks."

Other webinars:
Impacts of fire hazard assessment and fuel reduction priorities on mega-fire outcomes: A hypothetical test using the Wallow Fire in Arizona
Presenter: Amy Waltz, Program Director of Science Delivery, ERI. Hosted by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium.
April 25, 2013, 11am PST
Description: "The 2011 Wallow Fire, a 538,049-acre (217,740-hectare) fire in the conifer forests of eastern Arizona, provided the opportunity to compare the effectiveness of different hypothetical treatment scenarios at reducing fire effects."
Register here


Upcoming events


CALFIRE Fire and Resource Assessment Steering Committee (FRASC)
April 4th, 2013. Davis, CA.
CFSC leads Scott Stephens (UC Berkeley), Chris Dicus (Cal Poly) Jon Keeley (USGS-WERC) will be speaking on a panel at this event.
More information

Northern CA Prescribed Fire Council - Spring Meeting
April 25 - 26, 2013. Hopland Research and Extension Center, Hopland, CA.
Featured speakers: CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott, USFS social scientist Sarah McCaffrey, and many more!
Registration and agenda
 
Esri Forestry GIS Conference
May 14 - 16, 2013. Redlands, CA.
More information and registration here.

Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week Kickoff
Saturday May 25, 2013. Stateline, NV.
This event will have wildfire safety exhibits, defensible space demonstrations, a "family fun zone," and more
http://www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe/


New CFSC research brief: bridging fire management and science

How can we span the boundaries between wildland fire science and management in the United States?
Kocher, S.D.; Toman, E.; Trainor, S.F.; Wright, V.; Briggs, J.S.; Goebel, P.; MontBlanc, E.; Peppin, D.L.; Steelman, T.A.; Thode, A.; Waldrop, T.A. and A. Oxarart. 2012.  How Can We Span the Boundaries Between Wildland Fire Science and Management in the United States? Journal of Forestry 262: 215-228.


The 14 JFSP fire consortia help to broker information, convene forums for engagement, and translate research for managers and stakeholders



Other resources and publications

Forest Health and Carbon Storage
This report on the status of Sierra Nevada forests Central Sierra Cooperative Extension by forestry advisor Susie Kocher was recently released by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. The report describes the extent, character, and ownership of forest land in the region and data on fire, forest health and biomass/carbon storage.

ArcFuels10 System Overview, 2013, PNW-GTR-875
This overview introduces ArcFuels10 and the tools available within the system. Further information, including download information, demonstration data, and a tutorial, can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/wwetac/arcfuels/index.html

Climate change tipping points in fire management
This JFSP research project seeks to describe major tipping points in landscape dynamics resulting from climate changes, and to evaluate these tipping points in a management context.

US Wildland fire potential map for 2013

The wildland fire potential (WFP) map is a raster geospatial product produced by the USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute that is intended to be used in wildfire risk or hazardous fuels prioritization analyses at large landscapes (100s of square miles) up through regional or national scales. The WFP map builds upon, and integrates, estimates of burn probability (BP) and conditional probabilities of fire intensity levels for the conterminous United States generated for the national interagency Fire Program Analysis system (FPA) for 2013 using a simulation modeling system called the Large Fire Simulator (FSim; Finney et al. 2011). The specific objective of the WFP map is to depict the potential for wildfire that would be difficult for suppression resources to contain, based on past fire occurrence and estimates of wildfire likelihood and intensity from FSim.
 

Mapping succession classes in LANDFIRE

LANDFIRE maps the current succession classes, or the ontogenetic stages, of Biophysical Settings (BpS). This succession class (S-class) spatial dataset allows land managers and other interested data users to assess current percentages of each S-class for large areas. For many users, the S-class product may be sufficient as delivered, but in other cases, users may choose to modify it or create their own S-class grid. This guide describes the four-part process to adapt LANDFIRE products to specific landscapes. - See more at: https://www.conservationgateway.org/Files/Pages/SClassHUG.aspx#sthash.c8DftVYI.dpuf
LANDFIRE maps the current succession classes, or the ontogenetic stages, of Biophysical Settings (BpS). This succession class (S-class) spatial dataset allows land managers and other interested data users to assess current percentages of each S-class for large areas. For many users, the S-class product may be sufficient as delivered, but in other cases, users may choose to modify it or create their own S-class grid. This guide describes the four-part process to adapt LANDFIRE products to specific landscapes: https://www.conservationgateway.org/Files/Pages/SClassHUG.aspx
This guide
ANDFIRE maps the current succession classes, or the ontogenetic stages, of Biophysical Settings (BpS). This succession class (S-class) spatial dataset allows land managers and other interested data users to assess current percentages of each S-class for large areas. For many users, the S-class product may be sufficient as delivered, but in other cases, users may choose to modify it or create their own S-class grid. This guide describes the four-part process to adapt LANDFIRE products to specific landscape - See more at: https://www.conservationgateway.org/Files/Pages/SClassHUG.aspx#sthash.c8DftVYI.dpuf
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