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2014 Wildfire Season: An Overview

By: Alexander Evans, Forest Guild Southwestern ecosystems are fire-adapted and fire is arguably the most important process in these forests and grass lands. This overview is designed to help everyone from the general public to natural resource managers better understand the past fire season. This report describes the vegetation impacted by the 12 largest fires (greater than 4,000 acres) of 2014 and the degree to which fires affect resources including soils, vegetation, and structures. Click here now to download the full report.
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JFSP Notice of Intent for potential 2016 topics

FON 1- Primary A. Implications of changing ecosystems - selected regions B. Social, organizational and institutional barriers to implementing prescribed fire C. Restoration of sagebrusg habitat in the Great Basin- operational applications D. Fire effects on tree mortality E. Implications of managed-perimeter and burn-out wildfire response strategies F. Post-fire landscape management G. Regional needs FON 2- Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) FON 3- New Science Initiative- Ecological & social dimensions of resilient landscapes FON…
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Minimizing Smoke Impacts of Prescribed Fire

Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team (AMSET), a U.S. Forest Service Enterprise Team, worked under direction from U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management to produce a series of videos to help provide an understanding of the agency’s Air Resource Management Program. The video series, “Minimizing Smoke Impacts of Prescribed Fire” is available on YouTube. Six separate short videos explain several aspects of the program, with the intent of informing a wide audience on the agency’s…
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2015 Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted for Arizona State Forestry’s 2015 Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels Grant Program. The Request for Applications and the application form are now available on the Arizona State Forestry website:www.azsf.az.gov/grants/hazard-fuels/wfhf Applications are due by:  April 10, 2015 Highlights include: - Eligible applicants include Arizona fire departments, government organizations, universities, and non-profits (501-c3). Individuals and for-profit companies do not qualify. - Funding is for specific projects to reduce wildland fire hazardous fuels on non-federal lands…
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AZPFC comments on the proposed EPA Ozone standards

Rx Fire Community, Now that the dust has settled a little, I wanted to pass on my thanks to the many of you that submitted comments on the proposed EPA Ozone standards. I edited, fielded questions, and provided advice for several councils and found that many of you also solicited support from our other partners- state farm bureaus, many state and regional conservation organizations, and many many others. Our intent was for you to make…
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Prescribed Fire Councils Promote Use of Prescribed Fire and Host TREX

Prescribed Fire Councils Promote Use of Prescribed Fire and Host TREX
The core mission of prescribed fire councils is to promote the appropriate use of prescribed fire for enhancing public safety, managing resources and sustaining environmental quality. There are currently 33 prescribed fire councils located in 28 states, and the umbrella Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, which links the individual councils, to create one voice for prescribed burning. Prescribed fire councils have been key players in hosting Prescribed Fire TRaining EXchanges (TREX), which teach prescribed fire skills while conducting burns on…
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AZPFC Chairman’s update

Greetings AZPFC Members... As anticipated, it has been a busy & eventful summer for the Council!  We want to extend a warm WELCOME to several new members and look forward to interacting with each of you in the coming months. As a REMINDER, the Council will continue to utilize our websiteazprescribedfirecouncil.org for updates, news and announcements of upcoming events. If you have any news or events that our members need to know about, please send the information to heath.norton@nau.edu or bruce.greco@nau.edu.…
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Slide Fire Fuels Treatment Effectiveness Report: Coconino N.F. May 2014

  Introduction: The Slide fire was a human caused ignition (still under investigation) that began on May 20th, 2014 at approximately 1530 hours. The initial size up of the fire indicated that the fire was located just north of Slide Rock State Park, and that the fire was currently 2 to 3 acres of active fire behavior. Fueled by high winds, the fire quickly grew to over 30 acres triggering immediate evacuations of the communities…
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