Workshops

The workshops will take place on Monday, April 29, the day preceding the 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire to discuss and exchange interests on a defined topic.  We view these workshops as an opportunity for Technology Transfer – the process to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users who can then further develop and exploit them.

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Cost: 10.00 for the 4 hours workshops and $20.00 for the 8 hours workshops

Half Day (4 hours)

Monday, April 29
9:00 – 1:00 pm
Wildfire Storm Survival
Troop Emonds, Dragonslayer, CEO
In this workshop, Troop Emonds will share his Dragon Wizz Wheel tool. This tool is a training and guide that reminds both fire fighter and home owner where to lay semi- circles of fire, against the circular fire lines in order to black-line the control lines.  This will include a video of actual live fire of the black-line operation.

Monday, April 29
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Operational Incident Support with Wildfire Analyst and fiResponse
Joaquin Ramirez and David Jones
The intent of the workshop is to provide attendees an introductory understanding of how to use Technosylva’s Wildfire Analyst (WFA) Desktop 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 past wildfires. Workshop participants will learn how to setup and configure their analysis workspace, manipulate simulation parameters (weather, fuels, etc.), and most importantly, run wildfire simulations. An introduction of WFA’s rich simulation modes will also be provided, including fire behavior, exposure analysis, reverse time, adjustment, fire behavior probabilistic, and exposure probabilistic. Similarities and differences between WFA and other wildfire behavior and modeling software systems will also be discussed. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration of Technosylva’s full software suite, illustrating a comprehensive wildfire management system with computer-aided dispatch integrated with real-time wildfire modeling and decision support tools for incident operations. Participants will be provided a fully-featured 30-day license of WFA Desktop.

Monday, April 29
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Fire and Fuels Management Tools
Susan Prichard, Roger Ottmar and James Cronan
We are presenting tools that are commonly used for prescribed fire and smoke management planning. The Fire and Environmental Research Applications team of the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station has developed a suite of fire and fuels management tools including the Digital Photo Series, Pile Calculator, Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT) and new fuel loading distribution and wildland emissions factor databases. This workshop will introduce the tools with interactive exercises and provide critical background on potential applications and data requirements. In these exercises, we will introduce the three calculators within FFT, including the Fuel Characteristics Classification System (FCCS), Consume and the Fire Emissions Production Simulator. We will also demonstrate how to use FCCS and Consume in command-line mode, show how they have been incorporated into modeling frameworks including Bluesky Playground, and share future plans for improving the tools.

Monday, April 29
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Learning the Photoload Sampling Technique: Visually estimating surface fuel loadings from photographs for research and management applications
Robert E Keane, Rachel Loehman and Duncan Lutes
Wildland fire researchers and fire managers need better estimates of surface fuel loadings so they can more accurately predict fire behavior and effects to design more effective fuel and ecosystem restoration treatments.  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.  The user simply matches the fuel loading conditions observed on the ground with conditions portrayed in a set of graduated photographs.  The original photoload materials were built to estimate fuel loadings for forests in the northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, USA.  But, there are now methods to expand the photoload technique to other ecosystems of the world.  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.

Full Day

Monday, April 29
9:00 – 6:00 pm
Soil Moisture and Wildfire Prediction Workshop
We will hold an all-day workshop focused on the integration of soil moisture modeling and wildfire modeling. Several invited speakers will provide valuable context for small group breakout sessions and group discussion. Insight gained from this interactive workshop will inform a recently funded Climate Adaptation Science Center project and additional applications of the Soil MERGE (SMERGE) soil moisture project. The geographic focus of this project is the Rio Grande and Red River Basins, but the applications could easily extend to other landscapes of the Southwestern and South-Central US. We anticipate a range of professional, research, and land management stakeholders who are familiar with the region to participate.

Goals and Objectives: Identify science and management needs from the fire community and soil moisture communities related to modeling, risk assessment, planning, decision support tools, etc. Find synergy between groups and link similar projects to existing Soil MERGE (SMERGE) and Climate Adaptation Science Center projects by learning and discussing current trends and status of:

  • Wildfire occurrence, impacts, and response
  • Soil moisture monitoring and modeling
  • Fire modeling and fire danger ratings

Participants will identify opportunities for soil moisture monitoring and modeling to benefit fire modeling and fire danger rating for the sake of improved wildfire preparedness and response.

Monday, April 29
9:00 – 6:00 pm
Planning for Fire in Future Climates: Best Management Practices
Andrea Thode, Will Flatley, Peter Fulé, Craig Wilcox, Rachel Loehman, Megan Friggens, Don Falk and Shaula Hedwall

Southwest FireCLIME is a multi-year research partnership between regional scientists and managers with the goal of evaluating how fire regimes and fuels will shift across Southwest landscapes as climate changes, and assessing the implications of anticipated changes for resource managers. To these ends, the FireCLIME team has conducted a comprehensive synthesis of existing scientific understanding for climate, fire regime and ecosystem interactions.  This work was used to inform multiple modeling techniques across the study region, and to develop an interactive Vulnerability Assessment tool to guide adaptive management. Across the board, results suggest that changing the scale or intensity of traditional management approaches will be insufficient to prevent the anticipated impacts of climate change on Southwestern ecosystems and natural resources.

In this workshop, we will bring together scientists and managers to discuss the need for a paradigm shift in fire management, and how to normalize managing for climate change. The goal of this workshop is to develop Best Management Practices for addressing fire in future climates. Prework reviewing the results of FireCLIME’s science synthesis, modeling, and Vulnerability Assessment tool will ensure that participants arrive prepared to dive in to a productive session. In the morning, Lincoln National Forest resource managers who have implemented the FireCLIME Vulnerability Assessment will discuss the tool, how they used it, and its value in resource management planning.  Other short talks will be given by managers who are currently trying innovative approaches to address climate change in their management practices.  This will be done collaboratively between managers and scientists through a series of round-table work sessions. Workshop leaders and participants will dedicate the afternoon to working together in a series of round-table sessions to develop a set of “Best Management Practices” for fire and natural resource management in a changing climate.  The outcomes of the working sessions will be used to develop a short General Technical Report aimed at helping managers find ways to integrate changing climate into natural resource management with fire.