Two recent articles addressed recent research showing that some communities benefit more from wildfire management than others while whiter, higher-income, and more highly educated communities receive more vigilant wildfire response.Continue Reading
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“When comparing how smoke from wildfires and prescribed burns affected children, “we saw worse effects from the wildfire,” says Dr. Mary Prunicki, who directs air pollution and health research at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. In a study published in the journal Allergy in 2019, her team found that children who lived near where a wildfire occurred suffered more severe respiratory and immune effects than those who lived near a prescribed burn.”Continue Reading
Headwaters Economics has developed a free data visualization tool that shows state and national structure losses by wildfires over time. The accompanying article argues that structure losses are a more useful metric for understanding wildfire impacts than ‘acres burned.’ Measuring wildfires by assessing ‘acres burned’ does not discern the positive impacts of wildfires in terms of fuel reduction, ecosystem restoration and wildlife habitat from the negative impacts of wildfire. In comparison, tracking structures lost, while imperfect due to reporting processes, can provide a more nuanced measure of the human and economic toll of wildfires.Continue Reading
As part of the SE FireMap scoping phase, the project team is working to engage a diverse group of stakeholders for feedback on proposed use-cases and database design preferences. Please consider sharing your feedback via the SE FireMap Scoping Survey and/or share with appropriate contacts within your networks. This outreach is intended to help align project outcomes with current efforts and partner objectives. The survey will be active until January 1st, 2021.Continue Reading
“For over 20 years [Tall Timbers has] been on a mission—to save the irreplaceable records of past
fires contained in the stumps of our oldest longleaf pines. This is the story of why these records are
important, how the Tall Timbers Tree-ring Lab came about, and a quick look at our research past,
present and future.”
The USFS Northern Research Station and members of the JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network are teaming up to offer a new, interactive virtual Panel Discussion Series. This Series is designed to encourage collaboration between researchers and fire managers and will explore emerging fire science research and management considerations. You may register for one or all, and with your registration you can submit questions that you would like the panelists to address during each Panel Discussion.
Continuing education credits from the Society of American Foresters and The Wildlife Society are available for each Panel Discussion.Continue Reading
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) is working to understand the needs of the end-user community and identify how remotely sensed data is used. This survey is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort to engage with the end-user community. These survey results—along with additional data collection efforts—will be used to inform the development of the next generation of weather and environmental satellites.Continue Reading
LANDFIRE is looking for data to help update and improve our existing vegetation and wildland fuel products.
The primary focus of this data call is to collect FY 2020 disturbance and treatment activities. Disturbance and treatment data from 2017-2019 that were not previously submitted to LANDFIRE or other National Authoritative databases, are also welcome. The secondary focus is to collect both vegetation/fuel plot data and invasive species polygons or plots.
The data submission deadline is November 30, 2020. Please make every effort to submit your data by November 30, as LANDFIRE is relying heavily on user contributed data for this update. LANDFIRE is transitioning back to an update schedule after being focused on LF 2016 Remap. LANDFIRE is asking for data to be submitted earlier than in the past to help facilitate the production of annually updated products with a goal of data release before June of each year. This transition may take a couple of years to reach recognizing that several disturbance years (2017-2020) need to be cataloged and processed. For additional information visit https://www.landfire.gov/participate_refdata.php.Continue Reading