A new video has been released that covers the Prescribed Fire Training Center’s Fire Leadership for Women program. The video highlights how the program trains and empowers women to pursue careers in wildland fire management.Continue Reading
The Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) based in Tallahassee, Florida has announced their 2021 season sessions and workshops. Every year from January through June, PFTC hosts 20-day prescribed fire practical training experiences that work on task books and increase the knowledge and experience of fire professionals. PFTC participants from from across the country (and world) and represent a wide range of professional backgrounds and organizations. For more information check out the 2021 flier.Continue Reading
Seven of the presentations from the 2020 North Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Virtual Meeting are now archived on the Southern Fire Exchange YouTube Channel. Topics ranged from legal liability of prescribed burning to smoke models. Check out the meeting agenda (pdf). Watch the entire series or check out each presentation individually below.Continue Reading
The SFE LANDFIRE Remap in the Southeast webinar with Dr. Jim Smith, TNC LANDFIRE Program Lead, is now available on the SFE YouTube Channel. Dr. Smith discussed a new suite of changes to the LANDFIRE data layers for the region as well as some examples of how the changes appear in Southeastern landscapes. Check out the recording and visit LANDFIRE.gov for more information.Continue Reading
Fire, Volume 3, Issue 2 has been released. The issue includes many research articles, with the following that may be of specific interest to the Southern fire community:
- Long-Term Effects of Repeated Prescribed Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments on Forest Soil Chemistry in the Southern Appalachian Mountains (USA)
- Pine Species That Support Crown Fire Regimes Have Lower Leaf-Level Terpene Contents Than Those Native to Surface Fire Regimes
- Classification of Post-Fire Responses of Woody Plants to include Pyrophobic Communities
- Immediate Effects of Prescribed Fire on Sub-Surface Water Quality in a Managed Yellow Pine Forest
Make sure that your briefings are now including important health and safety considerations for working wildland fire during the time of COVID-19. The new “Fire and COVID-19 Briefing Checklist Decal” from the NWCG can be printed at home / work or ordered from NWCG in mid-July. Visit the NWCG download page to choose a color and download the decal pdf to stick on your IRPG.Continue Reading
America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative’s Longleaf Partnership Council has released a new communications fact sheet, Blowing in the Wind: Advantages of Longleaf Pine in Wind Storms. This publication demonstrates the benefits of longleaf pine during windstorms such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
This windstorm fact sheet is the second in a series of communications documents that was requested by the LPC in Fall 2017 to demonstrate how longleaf pine can outperform other pine species during natural disasters. The first communications document, Longleaf Resiliency: Insects and Pests, was released in 2019.Continue Reading
The Florida Forest Service has launched the 2020 Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program. Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
The Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program offers incentive payments for the completion of timber stand improvement, invasive species control, prescribed burning, planting longleaf pine, establishing native plant understory and mechanical underbrush treatments. Private lands located within the 58 counties north of Lake Okeechobee, the historical range of longleaf pine, are eligible for the program.Continue Reading
The recording of the recent SFE webinar “QUIC-Fire: A Fast-Running Simulation Tool for Prescribed Fire Planning” with Dr. Rod Linn and Kevin Hiers is now on the Southern Fire Exchange YouTube Channel. The May 21st webinar was hosted by Los Alamos National Lab, Tall Timbers Research Station, the Southern Fire Exchange, the Joint Fire Science Program, and the University of Florida.
Webinar Summary: Recent advances in wildland fire behavior models (e.g. FIRETEC) utilizing high spatial and temporal resolution fluid dynamics calculations have facilitated complex modeling of fire-atmospheric feedbacks. Unfortunately, this fire modeling approach requires exceptional computational resources that are unlikely to be available to most wildland fire managers. QUIC-Fire is a new physics-based cellular automata fire spread tool that that offers advanced fire modeling capabilities without the demand for extraordinary computational resources. QUIC-Fire is a new step towards expanding next generation fire model access to a wider audience of practitioners and users.