The 2nd Applied Fire Science Workshop
We will be making some changes to our usual format for this event. Workshops will be integrated into the whole week rather than having them only on the first day of the event. There will be three kinds of workshops, trainings, and courses.
1) Rx 310 Introduction to Fire Effects
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and communicate the relationships between basic fire regimes and first order fire effects, the effects of fire treatments on first order fire effects, and to manipulate fire treatments to achieve desired first order fire effects. The course will take place Tuesday through Friday afternoons and includes a required full-day field trip Saturday; students must attend field trip to receive certificate. Pre-registration required, and participants will receive a NWCG Certificate upon completion. $60 fee.
2) Pre-registration Workshops
We have the following four workshops available which require you to sign-up at the time you register for the Fire Congress. There may be pre-requisites or other requirements. These are available first-come, first-served, and if the workshop fills up you will be placed on a waitlist. Instructors will communicate with you prior to the event. There is no charge for these workshops, but we ask that you let us know if you need to cancel so we can offer your spot to someone else. Dates and times listed are subject to change.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and its Impact on the Fire World, Aili Johnston
Tuesday, November 28, 11am-12:20pm
This workshop will address sexual harassment in workplace and the fire world; how to recognize this issue and prevent it from happening. She can effectively navigate this sometimes uncomfortable and awkward topic, thereby increasing workplace safety, communication and productivity. Aili is uniquely qualified to facilitate this discussion, having spent six seasons as a wildland fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service. She engages participants at a real and practical level, answering the hard questions, and supporting honest and dynamic conversation. Aili creates a safe space from which new and exciting group collaboration and learning occurs.
Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS), Caroline Noble
Thursday, November 30, 8am-3pm
IFTDSS is a web-based software and data integration framework that organizes previously existing fire and fuels software applications to make fuels treatment planning more efficient and effective. It is available to all interested users, regardless of agency or organizational affiliation. Participants can expect a description and demonstration of current current functionality to be followed by hands on exercises. Participants can learn how to easily model proposed fuels treatment scenarios and compare modeled results to determine which proposed treatment best meets objectives. IFTDSS hosts a complete set of reference data available for the entire US including LANDFIRE fuels information, SILVIS Wildland Urban Interface, Agency Ownership, as well as a modern map interface allowing users to create or upload their own data.
An Introduction to Wildfire Analyst: Real-time Wildfire Behavior Analysis and Simulations, David G. Jones and Joaquín Ramirez
Thursday, November 30, 8am-5:10pm
The intent of the workshop is to provide attendees an introductory understanding of how to use Technosylva’s Wildfire Analyst (WFA) software to meet fire behavior analysis needs. A brief background presentation will be provided, followed by practical exercises that explore the different capabilities of the software using examples from the Southeastern US. Workshop participants will learn how to setup and configure their analysis workspace, manipulate simulation parameters (weather, fuels, etc.), and most importantly, run wildfire propagation simulations. An introduction and demonstration of WFA’s rich simulation modes will also be provided, including evacuation time, reverse time, adjustment, and probabilistic.
Learning the Photoload Sampling Technique: Visually estimating surface fuel loadings from photographs for research and management applications, Bob Keane
Friday, December 1, 10:50am-3:20pm
A new fuel sampling system, called the photoload sampling technique, has been developed to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for six surface fuel components using downward-looking photographs that depict graduated fuel loadings. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the photoload technique in the field with great accuracy. Then you will be given all the materials to teach photoload to others and to calibrate photoload visual estimates to improve accuracy. Last, you will be shown how to make your own photoload pictures to estimate loadings of shrub and herb species in your area. An evaluation of the photoload technique is also presented along with a CD of all photoload photographs.
3) Drop-in Workshops
At this event we will offer for the first time the opportunity to attend workshops, trainings, and courses as part of the regular selection of activities in a day. No sign-up is required, and these will all be free of charge. Dates and times listed are subject to change.
Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT): An Application for Wildland Fuel and Fire Management Planning, Susan Prichard
Tuesday, November 28, 11am-3:40pm
The Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT) application has integrated a suite of five fuel and fire management products that will be demonstrated at this workshop. The suite of tools includes the Fuel Characteristics Classification System (FCCS), Digital Photo Series, Consume, piled fuel biomass and emissions calculator, and the Fire Emissions Production Simulator (FEPS). The FFT allow users to build and characterize fuel beds, assess potential fire hazard and surface fire behavior, and estimate the amount of fuel consumed and emissions produced if burned during a wildland fire. The workshop will provide background information on individual tools and demonstrate how to use FFT through several exercise.
**Please note: If you are interested in following along at this workshop on your own laptop (PC only), please download and install FFT prior to the workshop.
FFT Download and Installation Instructions
Introduction to the FFI Ecological Monitoring Application, Duncan Lutes
Wednesday, November 29, 1:20pm-5:10pm
FFI is an interagency, desktop, software application designed to assist managers with collection, storage, and analysis of ecological information. The plot-level monitoring data stored in FFI are useful for assessing the effectiveness of land management activities (e.g., fuels treatments) and to demonstrate and document that land management objectives are being met. The purpose of FFI is to act as a robust monitoring tool that can be used by public agencies and private organizations to consistently describe ecological systems. The class will provide an overview of the FFI application for new users interested in using the application and those desiring a refresher of FFI capabilities.
Introduction to STANDFIRE: A Spatially Explicit Fuel and Fire Modeling System, Russ Parsons
Wednesday, November 29, 3:30pm-5:10pm
STANDFIRE is an open source software, developed in python and Java, which links the forest growth model (FVS) through a state-of-the-art fuel modeling system (STANDFUELS) to physics-based fire models, providing,for the first time, a pathway for researchers and managers to use real world forest inventory and fuels data in dynamic, 3D fire simulations. STANDFIRE is oriented toward radically increasing our capabilities to assess fuel treatment effectiveness and to strengthen our understanding of the linkages between fire behavior and fire effects. The workshop will begin with an overview of the system and why it is needed, and will then walk participants through example 3D fire simulation output. We will conclude with a demonstration of how user data can be used in STANDFIRE.
Promoting and Defending Scientific Integrity in Government, Michael Halpern
Thursday, November 30, 3:30pm-5:10pm
Participants will gain a greater understanding of the protections that exist and the resources available to federal government scientists related to the use of science in policymaking. They will examine the different ways that science can be manipulated in the decision-making process; learn about how scientists have successfully pushed back against attacks on science; and identify what scientists and scientific societies can do to protect their members. Michael Halpern of the Center for Science and Democracy will kick off the workshop by outlining the state of scientific integrity in government. In small groups, participants will explore strategies for making fire scientists—and the broader science community—more resilient to political interference in their work. Participants will identify and commit to specific next steps.
Hands-On Educational Activities with the FireWorks Educational Program, Ilana Abrahamson
Friday, December 1, 10:50am-3:20pm
This workshop consists of entertaining, hands-on activities for teaching students and the general public about the science of wildland fire. The FireWorks curriculum—first published in 2000—is being revised to include new materials that reflect recent advances in fire research and educational standards. Participants will learn several activities from the curriculum and be able to teach them to students of all ages. Activities will cover fire behavior, ecology, management, and traditional fire use by Native Americans. Some activities focus on ecosystems in the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, however we can discuss about how ecosystem-specific activities can be modified for use in other ecosystems.
Leadership and Gender in Wildland Fire Culture: Firefighter Perspectives on Leadership Excellence, Rachel Reimer
Friday, December 1, 10:50am-12:30pm
This workshop will include a summary overview of recent research completed on gender and leadership in wildland fire within the B.C. Wildfire Service (2017). It will facilitate conversation about wildland fire culture, leadership, and gender using interactive small group activities. Following small group engagement, a whole-group Q&A will follow where participants can share their own insights and also engage critically with the B.C. Wildfire Service study. Learning: enhanced awareness of what wildland fire culture is, how cultural norms affect leadership excellence, and action steps for fostering gender-inclusive leadership.
Managing At-Risk Species on Southeastern Public Lands- A Case Study on Embedded and Ephemeral Wetlands in Florida species, Dennis David
Friday, December 1, 10:50am-12:30pm
Participants will become familiar with specific at-risk species occurring on Florida public lands, the characteristics of degraded and restored wetland and ecotone areas relative to at-risk species habitat needs and learn specific management practices that should be applied to manage for conservation of at-risk species. An optional follow-up field exercise will be offered following the Fire Congress to demonstrate habitat treatments to restore degraded ecotone habitats in the Florida Peninsular habitats. The follow-up field trip opportunity to Ocala National Forest will be offered as a controlled burn exercise to demonstrate the effective application of fire and/or mechanical habitat treatments to manage embedded wetland ecotones for a- risk species.