SRFSN E-Newsletter: Issue 43
June 2, 2016
Warming Weather Brings Fire Science Field Trips, Demos, and Fire Severity/WUI Research
(Events marked with an asterisk* = SRFSN participation or sponsorship)


* Wood Utilization in the WUI - CSFS Partners Workshop
June 20-22, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO
Space is still available for this unique workshop about wood utilization in the WUI! 
The tour is now closed, but conference registration is open until June 8th, 
NOTE: if you are already registered for this event,
 please email your date of birth to Tim Reader so that you may access the Air Force Academy grounds. 

Information and registration here

The Synthesis of Extreme Fire Behavior (Volume 2) from the Forest Service is now available

This synthesis focuses on the state of the science but also considers how that science is currently presented to the fire management community, including incident commanders, fire behavior analysts, incident meteorologists, National Weather Service office forecasters, and firefighters. 
Volume I is also available here.

Person-to-Person Events
(Workshops, conferences, field trips, & other in-person events.)

Live Demonstration of CO Multi-Mission Aircraft/CO Wildfire Information Management System
Where: Gunnison County EOC
When: June 9, 2016

Contact: Information and Registration

2016 National Fire Protection Association Conference
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: June 13-16, 2016

ContactInformation and Registration

Society for Range Management - CO Section Field Workshop and Training Session
Where: Zapata Ranch, NW of Alamosa, CO
When: June 16, 2016

Contact: Information and Registration

*Hell's Hollow Prescribed Fire/Wildland Fire Tour - Logan Ranger District
Where: meet at the USFS Logan Ranger District office on Highway 89 at the mouth of Logan Canyon, Utah
When: June 21, 2016: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm MTS

Contact: Information and Registration

US Drought Monitor is a weekly map of drought conditions that is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions, as well as reported impacts and observations from over 350 contributors across the country.

Webinars and On-Line Learning

*Finding the Best Available Science on FIre Effects & Fire Regimes in Southwest and Southern Rocky Mountian Ecosystems
WHEN: Now available on SRFSN and SWFSC YouTube channels

Managing Soil Quality in Forests
WHEN: June 14, 2016 from 12:00pm-1:00pm MST
CONTACT: Webinar Information and Link

Utah State University Forestry Extension Learn at Lunch Webinars:
Fires, Beetles, and Droughts?

WHEN: June 14, 2016 from 12:00am - 1:00pm MST
CONTACT: Webinar Registration and Link

Sedimentation Impacts Under Climate Change (SIUCC) Virtual Course
WHEN: June 14-16, 2016 from 9:00am-4:00pm MST daily
CONTACT: Course Information and Link

U.S. Fire Administration's Daily Coffee Break Training for Fire and EMS Personnel
WHEN: available daily
CONTACT: Course Information and Link

Publications, Videos, Tools & more...

Publication: Towards a More Ecologically Informed View of Severe Forest Fires argues for a more nuanced approach to fire severity - recognizing that severe fire is an integral component of most regimes, and that the current emphasis on exclusion or mitigation of severe fire can be at odds with the ecosystem benefits of fire. 

Publication:  Forest Disturbance Interactions and Successional Pathways in the Southern Rocky Mountains examined a decade of forest disturbance and recovery history in the Southern Rockies, finding  that the linkage of fire-beetle interactions depends on their occurrence sequence and that the compound effect of multi-disturbances on forest resilience is prominent. 

Publication: Are Fuel Treatments Effective at Achieving Ecological and Social Objectives? A systematic review. This systematic review looked at 56 studies addressing fuel treatments effectiveness in 8 states and found evidence that thinning and burning treatments meet the goal of reducing fire severity.

Publication: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mitigation Activities in the Wildland Urban Interface; Community Wildfire Protection Plans is a JFSP-funded study that assessed mitigation activities in eight communities across New Mexico to provide communities and landowners with a tool to help them evaluate their own efforts.

Publication: Low-Severity Fire Increases Tree Defense against Bark Beetle Attacks is based on a study of ponderosa pine on five sites (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Utah). For a quick read, the Economist also has a story about this research. 

News Articles:

Canada Wildfire: Odd items people took during their evacuation

Read about the interesting (and odd) items that residents of Fort McMurray took with them when they were evacuated. What would you bring with you? If you don't have a wildfire evacuation plan, you can learn more about how to create one here.

Credit: BBC
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