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Archived Webinar - State Fire Needs Assessments and LANDFIRE: A Case Study

A recording of this 43 minute presentation is available to stream or download from our Vimeo page

State Fire Needs Assessments and LANDFIRE: A Case Study

Sarah Hagen, TNC-LANDFIRE spatial analyst, discussed a statewide assessment of vegetation and prescribed fire management in Illinois.

View or download a copy of the Illinois Fire Needs Assessment (published Feb. 2016).

Check out LANDFIRE's Youtube channel - LANDFIREvideo - where you can stream a recording of this webinar, view other recordings and videos, and subscribe to the channel.



Archived Webinar - National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecasts and Parameters

A recording of this 55 minute presentation is available to stream or download from our Vimeo page.

National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecasts and Parameters

Casey Sullivan, Forecaster/Meteorologist
National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville office
February 23, 2016  1pm CT

Get the latest updates on the fire weather forecast. This webinar will include an overview of the various forecasts available and the parameters used by the National Weather Service, with a brief discussion of some of the more critical parameters.


Archived Webinar - What Are Our Windows of Opportunity: Understanding Weather Suitability for Prescribed Burns

A recording of this 60 minute presentation can be streamed or downloaded from our Vimeo page.

What Are Our Windows of Opportunity: Understanding Weather Suitability for Prescribed Burns 

Jed Meunier, Research Ecologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
February 16, 2016  1pm CT

Interest in the timing of prescribed fire is growing throughout the region with prescribed fire as an increasingly important tool to meet a wide array of land management objectives. In Wisconsin, the majority of prescribed burns occur within a relatively short time period in spring. However, projections of greater variability in both precipitation and drought for this region have the potential to complicate prescribed burn planning. Average precipitation in the Great Lakes region, for example, is projected to increase in both winter and spring with greater intensity and frequency of heavy precipitation events while at the same time summer moisture limitations will likely become more common. It may become increasingly difficult to implement prescribed fires within suitable prescription ‘windows’ (e.g. ranges of relative humidity, wind, temperature, antecedent moisture, etc.). In recognizing this, we have assessed barriers to prescribed burning generally for 58 burn coordinators in southern Wisconsin and have evaluated suitable burn ‘windows’ by season. We have also compared burn ‘windows’ to conditions when burns were conducted on state lands for the past 10 years. In addition to current land management issues, we have attempted to evaluate our results within a historical fire framework.


A recording of this webinar is now available to stream from the Lake States Fire Science Consortium Adobe Connect site.

Past fire and present-day mesophication: Implications for oak ecosystem restoration 
Greg Nowacki, Regional Ecologist
US Forest Service
October 15, 2015

Thanks to our co-sponsors -- the Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest/Great Lakes Chapter and the Lake States Fire Science Consortium -- and especially to everyone who joined us for this webinar. 



Archived Webinar - "Where should we burn? A Fire Needs Assessment for Wisconsin"

A recording of the webinar is available to stream via LANDFIRE's Youtube channel.

Update: Read our final report of the Wisconsin Fire Needs Assessment and find links to the publication inEcological Applications.

Where Should we burn? A Fire Needs Assesment for Wisconsin 

Dr. Tracy Hmielowski, Fire Information Specialist
Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
October 8, 2014

Given the limitations on prescribed fire resources, the Fire Science Consortia have developed a model, also known as the Fire Needs Assessment, to identify high priority areas for management with prescribed fire. We mapped fire dependent vegetation using the LANDFIRE Existing Vegetation Layer (EVT), and ranked management units based on the potential benefits, effort, and challenges associated with using prescribed fire on the landscape. Tracy showed how open access data and stakeholder involvement have shaped this project, and shared the initial results of the Fire Needs Assessment.