SRFSN E-Newsletter: Issue 21
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        Large Wildfire Conference in Missoula
The conference included an amazing diversity of attendees, speakers, posters, demonstrations, and extensive field trips offering in-depth learning on a wide scope of wildfire topics. Poster and oral presenters have the option of publishing in the upcoming conference proceedings, which will be published by the Rocky Mountain Research Station. Click here for more information, or here for a Storify of all Large Fire Conference social media. You can also read a conference summary article.
 
Joint Fire Science Grants Awarded
Congratulations to thirty five applicants awarded funding for research in the areas of smoke, fuels treatment effectiveness, fire behavior and effects, bats & fire, people & fire, and more. Stay tuned to JFSP and SRFSN for findings and information for these and other fire science projects!

CO Dept of Natural Resources Grant Program
Deadline Aug. 8th

The Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a third round of awards under the WIldfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide up to 3.5 million for activities to reduce the risk of fire in the WUI.
Events and Webinars
 Nebraska Prescribed Burn Conference
Nebraska's 2nd annual Rx Burn conference, bringing together landowners and fire professionals together to share challenges and successes while increasing awareness of usig Rx fire as a management tool.
When: July 14, 2014
Where: Kearney, NE.
Contact: Register here.

Butterflies and Fire Prairie Tour/Grand River Grasslands

When:July 22, 8 am - 4 pm
Where:Dunn Ranch, Pawnee Prairie, Lee Trail, and Kellerton
Contact: blocksom@ksu.edu

Arizona Rx Fire Training Exchange
Sponsored by the Arizona Rx Fire Council, 20 participants will  conduct controlled burns on federal, state and private lands. The Southwest Fire Science Consortium is also organizing a TREX with this event.SWFSC is also offering travel grants!
When:September 23 - October 4
Where: The Nature Conservancy’s Hart Prairie Preserve, Flagstaff, AZ
Contact: Mark Shiery at mark.shiery@nau.edu
 
State and Transition Simulation Modeling Conference
This conference will bring together users of landscape STSM tools for a wide variety of land management modeling including fuels planning.
When: September 16-18
Where: Fort Collins, CO
Contact: Early registration now open

Rangeland Vegetation Simulator User Needs Workshop
Participants will be guided through questions reviewing the current system design and identifying key functions, inputs and outputs for the RVS.  Workshop participants will include users such as land managers, analysts and decision makers as well as rangeland and FVS experts.
When:  September 19th 8:00 - 4:30
Where: RMRS Headquarters, Fort COllins, CO
Contact: Matt Reeves mreeves@fs.fed.us by August 31, 2014

Shortgrass Prairie and Fire Webinar now posted! Click here to view research on Rx fire effects on grazing patterns and wildlife.

 
 



Research
Biogeochemical impacts of wildfires over four millennia in a Rocky Mountain subalpine watershed. Authors investigated long-term fire effects on carbon storage and nitrogen availability. Results support modern studies of forest successional C and N accumulation. However, even repeated high-severity fires over millennia likely did not deplete C or N, because centuries between high-severity fires allowed for sufficient biomass recovery.

US Forest Service issues new report: Fire Impact Transfers by State and Territory.

NOAA/USGS Demonstration Flash-Flood and Debris-Flow Early-Warning System: NOAA and USGS have established a demonstration flash-flood and debris-flow early-warning system for recently burned areas in southern California covering 8 counties and utilizing the National Weather Service's (NWS) Flash Flood Monitoring and Prediction (FFMP) system.

CFLRP Workshop Findings: Teams from five CFLRP projects in Regions 2 and 3 met last fall to discuss processes, issues and lessons learned. Workshop notes, presentations & key take-home messages from each presentation are posted on the National Forest Foundation’s website.

The Ecological Restoration Institute has put out a three-page fact sheet entitled “Managing Naturally Ignited Wildland Fire to Meet Fuel Reduction and Restoration Goals in Frequent-Fire Forests”  discussing fire use planning and benefits, costs and constraints, and includes a list of references.

Last May was hot! NOAA data shows that May 2014 was the hottest May on record.


News and Resources 

Photo courtesy Kathy Killip - Rio Grande Wildfire, rainbow over the West Fork Fire area.
 
How to read the mind of a wildfire: From studying tree rings to creating intricate computer models, scientists are trying to understand why flames behave the way they do.

Colorado’s State-Owned Firefighting Fleet Ready For Takeoff!

Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control creates app for up to date info on wildfires and relief efforts.  

History repeats itself - homes going up fast in Black Forest burn, residents opposed building regulations.

Citizens paying for private firefighting crews.

The Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team has an extensive newsletter and website showing restoration, projects, and accomplishments in the area of the West Fork Fire of 2013.

Fire on the Mountain: a discussion of the Yarnell Hill tragedy in Arizona and the fire situation in the West.
 
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