A recent article by Joint Fire Science Program Board Chair Dana Skelly discusses how to improve risk assessment and on the ground choices in the face of a wildland fire environment that grows increasingly extreme due to climate change.Continue Reading
SC DNR is looking to hire someone as a Wildlife Biologist III to manage Heritage Preserves in the coastal counties of SC, the position is very prescribed fire heavy and has a rare and threatened species component as well. The job posting can be found https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sc; search for Wildlife Biologist III. Applications can only be received through that website.Continue Reading
America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative released its 2020 Range-wide Accomplishment Report celebrating a decade’s worth of accomplishments and significant progress towards restoring longleaf pine. Despite a turbulent 2020, ALRI’s dedicated partners proved resilient and recorded over 1.9 million acres of accomplishments ranging from new longleaf establishment, prescribed burning, land protection, and maintenance activitiesContinue Reading
For many years, people have used the FEPS 1.0 outputs as inputs to the PC versions of VSMOKE, VSMOKE-GIS, and PC HYSPLIT atmospheric dispersion models. Many prescribed burners have found these tools helpful to examine possible downwind smoke impacts when planning and implementing prescribed fires.
Recently, Bill Jackson completed a new version of the software interface (it is now 64 bit compatible) so that a person can modify Fuel & Fire Tools (FFT) input files, complete a new FFT analysis, and the FEPS output from FFT still serves as input to the three atmospheric dispersion models. The attached User’s Guide will provide you with a full description of how the new software interface, called SmokeTools, works.
If you are interested in trying SmokeTools then please email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive an invite from DropBox to download two zip files that need to be unzipped to your PC. Once unzipped, then you will be able to install the software (see Appendix A in the attached manual for all of the software that needs to be installed).Continue Reading
With the impending centennial of formal Forest Service R&D approaching, the Southern Research Station would like to document as much of its history as possible.
Therefore, SRS is looking for people to contribute articles and images related to the history of the South’s forest experiment stations over the decades. They hope to assemble several collections of historical photographs, maps, blueprints, line drawings, and other documents that will be made permanently available through the Forest Service Research Data Archive as well as some other outputs.
Those interested in helping out—and these can include current and former SRS employees, National Forest System staff, university partners, outside collaborators, or any other knowledgeable persons—are asked to contact Dr. Don C. Bragg with their thoughts and suggestions.Continue Reading
A Wildland Fire Support Services position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Eglin Air Force Base in Niceville, FL. **Application period extended to Aug. 2nd**
This position serves as Support Services for the Eglin Wildland Support Module (WSM) for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch (AFWFB) based at Eglin AFB, FL. The primary purpose of this position is to provide a wide range of logistical and administrative support functions. In addition, opportunities to assist with wildland fire management may be available depending on qualifications. The Eglin WSM is a high-paced program responsible for implementing an average of 80 prescribed burns and responding to 60 wildfires annually on Air Force properties throughout Florida and the southeast U.S. The position is expected to be 80% office work and 20% fieldwork.Continue Reading
The The Biden-Harris Administration has released a fact sheet outlining their response to the upcoming Western fire season and increasing threat of wildfires year-round. The response includes changes to the firefighting workforce, including boosting firefighter pay.Continue Reading