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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Southern Fire Exchange - Free Smoke Webinar

Establishing a National Methodology for Operational Mixing Height Determination
A free webinar from the Southern Fire Exchange 
Thursday, December 3, 2015. 1:00-2:30 PM ET

Presentations led by:

Matthew Fearon, Desert Research Institute

Robyn Heffernan, National Weather Service
Mixing Height is important for assessing smoke dispersion for prescribed fires and wildfires. This webinar will review and explain the strengths and weaknesses of several tested methods for determining mixing heights. The webinar will include discussion of the innovative Turbulent Kinetic Energy (TKE) method that may provide critical atmospheric information for predicting Dispersion. TKE represents the most robust method for determining Mixing Height while the Stull Method represents an alternative approach that may be more operationally feasible. The webinar will discuss both approaches for determining Mixing Height. In addition, National Weather Service programs for determining Mixing Height will also be described.

Registration required! 
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Monday, November 2, 2015

IFTDSS Workshops at AFE Conference

WFM RD&A Staff will be holding 2 IFTDSS Workshops at the Association of Fire Ecology's 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in San Antonio Texas on November 16, 2015. See the description of the workshop below and use the AFE Website to register to attend one of these workshops.

IFTDSS – Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System—1/2 day

This workshop entails basic training, demonstration and discussion regarding IFTDSS – The Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System. IFTDSS is a web-based software and data integration framework that organizes previously existing fire and fuels software applications to make fuels treatment planning and analysis more efficient and effective. IFTDSS provides a way for users to learn one interface, access a variety of data and models all in one place, and pass data (inputs and outputs) easily between models. The session will include hands on utilization of existing workflows in the application including burn plan preparation (using the 2014 Interagency Burn Plan Template), Hazard Analysis, and Risk Analysis. IFTDSS utilizes several well-known existing tools to calculate fire behavior, fire containment, fire effects, probability of ignition, fuel consumption, and fuel characterization. This workshop is appropriate for fire practitioners and managers that participate in burn plan preparation, fire hazard analysis, and risk assessments.
To get more information and register for one of these workshops visit -