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Full and half day workshops will be held on Monday, December 4. An additional fee is required for workshops and can be added to your congress registration ($50 for full day, $25 for half day). If a workshop is full, click here to be added to the waitlist.

To add a workshop during registration: After confirming your registration type, click Select Ticket Options and check the box for the workshop you wish to attend. If you are already registered, please log in to the AFE portal, go to Events, My Event Registrations, Click Withdraw/Modify, Click Select Ticket Options, Make selections and save.

NEW! CAL FIRE, Berkeley Forests, and the California Fire Science Consortium are sponsoring an afternoon workshop to highlight ongoing fire-related research programs in California. This workshop is free; RSVP is required.

Full Day Workshops, 8am to 5pm (1 hour lunch break, with option to buy boxed lunch)

Organizers: Rachel Loehman, Linn Gassaway, and Grant Snitker, 

This participatory workshop focuses on three themes and their integration into fire, land, and resource management: (1) The interactions of humans and fire, and how these interactions across long time spans influence and relate to landscape patterns, fire regimes, and fire management, (2) Barriers challenges, and success stories related to integrating cultural burning with land management, and (3) Fire effects on cultural resources, the drivers of these effects, and current methods for quantifying and predicting fire exposure and impacts.

We invite participants from a broad and diverse array of backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives including from the resource management, tribal, non-profit, and research communities, with a particular emphasis on developing a cross-disciplinary community of practice that includes the next generation of cultural resource managers and practitioners. ​​This workshop draws from a long-running and highly-regarded Interagency Fire and Archaeology workshop and includes plenary speakers, roundtables, and participatory exercises that will emphasize the latest fire and archaeological sciences and tools and their corresponding management implications. This workshop is for you if you are interested in learning more about these themes, sharing your experiences and knowledge with the workshop cadre, and contributing to a synthesis paper focused on fire-archaeology applications. 

Organizers: Jens Stevens, Eric Knapp, Morris Johnson, Mike Battglia, Matt Thompson, and Matt Dickinson

Improving our understanding of factors influencing fuel treatment effectiveness has been a key research need for decades, but methodologies for assessing this vary widely. This workshop aims to share learning around measuring outcomes from wildfire-treatment interactions with the intent of developing standardized, scalable methodologies that can be rapidly deployed.

Increasing the pace and scale of fuel treatment implementation is a key tenet of federal forest and fire management policy. Improved understanding of factors influencing fuel treatment effectiveness is a key research need but methodologies for assessing this can vary widely and are difficult to scale up. This workshop aims to share learning around measuring outcomes from wildfire-treatment interactions that leverage the inherent variability in the conditions that influence those outcomes. The workshop will include examples from ongoing research (participants are invited to share live demos of analytical workflows) as well as brainstorming and experience sharing of strengths and weaknesses of different analytical approaches.

NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE: This workshop is now scheduled from 9am to 4pm, with a 1-hour lunch break from 12pm to 1pm.  

Organizers: Christopher J Dunn and Rebecca Weber

Preparing for the inevitability of large wildfires, whether planned an unplanned, becomes increasingly important as society tries to adapt to the rapidly changing fire environment. Attendees of this workshop will actively participate in a real-world example of strategic fire planning in multijurisdictional landscapes to help plan for societal adaptation.

There is increasing consensus that human communities, land managers, and fire managers need to adapt to the changing fire environment. A myriad of human and ecological factors constrain opportunities to adapt, and existing science-based management strategies are not sufficient to address fire as both a problem and solution. This workshop focuses on a novel risk-science approach that aligns wildfire response decisions, mitigation opportunities, and land management objectives. Together we will explore how three complimentary risk-based analytic tools – quantitative wildfire risk assessment, mapping of suppression difficulty, and atlases of potential control locations- can form the foundation for adaptive governance in fire management. This process represents state-of-the-art wildfire planning in the western United States, and the workshop will leverage recent and ongoing experience integrating local experiential knowledge and community interests with these tools. We will work through an interactive exercise using large, printed maps in multi-jurisdictional landscapes to demonstrate how these tools support collaborative, cross-boundary spatial fire planning from communities to landscapes. By integrating quantitative risk science, expert judgement, local knowledge and adaptive co-management, this process provides a much-needed pathway to transform fire-prone social ecological systems to the increasingly complex and hazardous fire environment.

Morning Workshops, 8am to 12pm

Organizers: Nathan Gill and Chuck McHugh

This morning workshop will provide an introduction to FlamMap software for participants who have little to no experience in fire behavior modeling.
This workshop will cover topics such as data management, visualization, and familiarization with the interface of FlamMap software. Our goal will be to have participants learn the basics of FlamMap and run a model so that they are prepared for further comparisons and analyses, either in the advanced workshop in the afternoon, or independently.

Organizers: Amelie Jeanneau, Hedwig van Delden, Fantina Tedim,  Douglas Radford

There is a pressing need to share knowledge on successful partnerships/collaborations for quickly adapting and improving wildfire management systems. This workshop will provide the opportunity for fire managers from diverse agencies, regions and countries to share their challenges, knowledge and successes around collaboratively planning and implementing risk reduction strategies.

This workshop’s primary purpose is to create a global map of collaborative wildfire risk reduction initiatives identifying the most common methods, where they are located and why these work or don’t. This event will provide a transdisciplinary platform where fire managers from diverse agencies, regions and countries can share their knowledge and experience, which could serve as a foundation to develop new approaches to reducing wildfire risk (e.g. blueprint).

This workshop proposes to use a range of round tables, games/role-play exercises and short presentations to

  • Identify common spatial/temporal scale of wildfire risk management initiatives,
  • Identify the type of stakeholders and organisations involved in these initiatives
  • Identify and list the diverse local and organisational goals for the wildfire risk reduction strategies identified through this workshop,
  • Identify the communication tools generally used for wildfire risk management and discuss what works or doesn’t
  • Discuss with the group about tools and practices supporting effective risk reduction strategies in different countries and agencies and why these work. This will enable us to identify elements that can favour/limit the adoption of risk reduction initiatives.

The results from this work will be used to publish a short communication paper and a guideline document to help prepare risk reduction plans. All participants will be invited to co-author these publications and can decide to opt out if they are not interested.

Organizer: Erika Piroli

The workshop aims to bring together up to twenty fire-related stakeholders operating in Monterey County whose work is related to fire activities, such as land managers and/or owners, farmers, road managers, firefighters, forestry service, civil protection service, householders in the rural and WUI areas, but also NGOs and academia. 

A successful fire management strategy requires a deep understanding of environmental and socio-economic factors at the local level. Human activities impact fire regimes in complex ways, and different agents’ actions and incentives can directly or indirectly affect wildfire occurrence.

A comprehensive participatory approach involving stakeholders allows for a better understanding of their incentives and perspectives, which can then be incorporated into fire management policies. Using semi-structured participatory activities to be conducted over four hours, the workshop aims to identify the perceptions around stakeholders’ incentives and behaviours directly and indirectly related to firefighting activities in the jurisdictional area of Monterey, California. 

Organizers: Christine Stalling and Sarah Flanary

An overview of the Photoload Sampling Technique (Keane and Dickinson, 2007) will be presented with discussion of its development highlighting the quick and accurate fuel load measurements users are able to collect in the field. Hands-on training will be provided.

Estimates of fuel loadings in forest and rangeland ecosystems of the United States are critical for accurately predicting fire behavior and effects of alternative fuel and ecosystem restoration treatments. Accurately measuring surface fuel loadings in the field is difficult because it requires a complex integration of several sampling methods designed for implementation at disparate scales. The photoload sampling technique was developed to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for six surface fuel components using downward-looking and oblique photographs depicting sequences of graduated fuel loadings by fuel component. The six components are the four size classes of downed dead woody (1 hour, 10 hour, 100 hour, 1000 hr), shrub, and herbaceous fuels. This technique involves visually comparing fuel conditions observed in the field with photoload sequences to estimate fuel loadings. Photoload sequences are a series of downward-looking and close-up oblique photographs depicting a sequence of graduated fuel loadings of synthetic fuelbeds for each of the six fuel components. There is a standard sampling protocol that uses the developed photoload sequences to estimate fuel loading in the field. Photoload sequences considered for this workshop were developed for common fuel components of the northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, USA.

Afternoon Workshops, 1pm to 3pm

Organziers: Rob Lawson, Lizzie Tao, and David Harris

Planscape is the new planning tool to maximize wildfire resilience and ecological benefits. Planscape has been built by the CNRA, the USFS, The Wildfire Taskforce, and Spacial Informatics Group (SIG).

During the workshop you’ll learn about the data and science behind Planscape, and see live demonstrations of how it can be used to explore data layers, define projects, weight priorities and generate projects to optimize resilience and many co-benefits.

Workshop participants will be able to explore and use Planscape on their own devices, provide feedback to the developers and ask questions from the presenters.

This session is for anyone interested in planning or collaborating on forest thinning projects, ecosystem and biodiversity protection, and preventing catastrophic wildfires.

The workshop will last two hours and will include demos, hands on use of Planscape, Q&A sessions and access to the scientists and developers behind Planscape.


Afternoon Workshops, 1pm to 5pm

Organizers: Nathan Gill and Chuck McHugh

This afternoon workshop will provide an overview and introduction to two advanced FlamMap software modelling tools (FARSITE and Spatial FOFEM) for participants. Familiarity with FlamMap and /or attending the morning introductory workshop are encouraged. 

This workshop will cover topics such as using the FARSITE and Spatial First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM), FlamMap specific utilities, visualization, and familiarization with the interface of FlamMap software. Our goal will be to have participants learn the basics of FlamMap conducting a FARSITE run and using Spatial FOFEM within FlamMap to become familiar with their use and interpretation to support comparisons and analyses.

Organizer: Ilana Abrahamson
Wildland fire is captivating, but public understanding of fire is limited. The FireWorks Program uses hands-on activities to increase students’ understanding of wildland fire. It is designed for students in K-12th grade and consists of curricula and trunks of materials. Participants will learn activities and be able to lead them. 

Wildland fire captures the public’s attention every summer, but public understanding of fire is limited. The FireWorks Educational Program uses hands-on activities to increase students’ understanding of wildland fire. It is designed for students in K-12th grade (and fun for adults), and consists of curricula and trunks of materials. Workshop participants will learn several fun activities from the curricula, and be able to teach them to students of all ages. Activities cover combustion, fire spread, fire history, management, fire effects on plants, animals, and ecosystems, and fire use by Native Americans. 

This workshop is great for anyone interested in learning hands-on activities about fire science to teach to students or the general public. A tentative agenda includes an overview of the FireWorks program and these activities: Where does heat go? The heat plume from a fire; What makes fire’s burn? The fire triangle; How do wildland fires spread? The matchstick forest model; Bark and soil: Nature’s insulators; Who lives here? Adopting a plant, animal, or fungus; Buried treasures; Fire history; and Carrying fire the Pikunii way. For more information about the FireWorks program please visit: