Monday
Feb222016

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.

Monday
Feb082016

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.
Thursday
Dec172015

Archived WEBINAR - PAST FIRE AND PRESENT-DAY MESOPHICATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR OAK ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

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. 

 

Tuesday
Oct072014

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. 

 

Wednesday
Feb262014

Archived Webinar - Elements of the National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecast

A recording of this webinar is available to stream via the Lake States Fire Science Consortium Youtube channel. 

Elements of the National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecast

Casey Sullivan
National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville office
March 5, 2014

A document with contact information for fire weather forecasters at National Weather Service field offices is now available to download.

This webinar provides overview of the National Weather Service fire weather forecast program and discussed elements of the fire weather forecast available to any fire practitioner. The hourly weather graph and definitions of surface winds were emphasized.

 

About the presenter:

Casey Sullivan is a forecaster and meteorologist at the National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville office and is the fire weather program manager. He is the fire weather program manager, acting as the liaison between the staff at the Chicago office and the local fire and land managers. He works with fire/land managers who perform prescribed fires or respond to wildfires, including staff at the U.S. Forest Service Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, National Park Service Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, home to more than 5 million residents.