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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Webinar - Interagency Coordination to Meet Multiple Objectives: An Effective Approach to Wildfire

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mountain Time
Sponsored by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium
Presented by Shaula Hedwall, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Wesley Hall, Coconino National Forest
While the number of acres burned annually by uncharacteristic wildfire continues to grow, it is becoming exceedingly important for agencies to identify opportunities to use wildfire to meet multiple land management and resource objectives.  When conditions allow for unplanned ignitions to be managed for one or more of these objectives, it may be appropriate to use wildfire during the peak of the traditional fire season.  Management response to wildland fire on federal lands is based on objectives established in the applicable Land/Resource Management Plan and/or Fire Management Plan.  Objectives are affected by changes in fuels, weather, topography; varying social understanding and tolerance; and involvement of other governmental jurisdictions having different missions and objectives.  Coordination with resource specialists and development of mutually agreed to objectives is fundamental to being successful in achieving land and resource objectives with wildfire.  We will discuss recommendations for implementing this process using case studies incorporating Mexican spotted owl management objectives into wildfire management and post-fire monitoring.
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Original Announcement is here:

Give your input: NIROPS Program for fire perimeter mapping (Due 12/20)

Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management (FAM) has identified the need to define requirements, capabilities, and methodology to integrate existing and new fire imaging technology into fire operations and decision support.  Fire imaging technology is playing an increasing role to support wildland fire management operations and decision making.  For decades the wildland fire community has primarily relied on the Forest Service National Infrared Operations program (NIROPS) to provide fire perimeter mapping using infrared imagery, however additional fixed wing, rotor wing, and satellite platforms with day and night capabilities are becoming available. 

The purpose of this questionnaire is to help determine how firefighters, fire managers, Incident Management Teams, and Agency Administrators use fire imaging products for tactical, strategic, or decision support, what information they need fire imaging to provide, when do they need it, how often, what format, etc. 

Your response to these questions will assist FAM with establishing fire imaging requirements so we can solicit Requests For Information with other governmental agencies, universities, or private contractors.  If you would like to participate in the questionnaire please complete the form by Dec 20, 2017.  Responses will be compiled and reviewed by Forest Service WO-FAM to guide how we proceed in the future. 

Thank you for your participation.  If questions, please contact Evans Kuo at or 208-866-8548.


Evans Kuo
Operations Section Chief
Forest Service
WO-FAM-National Incident Management Organization
c: 208-866-8548
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Mobile GIS Training Nov 14-16

Mobile GIS is a new technology-based training the region is putting on this year, mobile GIS is a 3 day webinar, Nov 14-16, which will cover wildland fire technologies including Avenza PDF maps, AGOL, Collector, Google Earth and Google Apps.  There will be demonstration and hands on practice with current and emerging technologies.  There will also be a panel discussion identifying field needs, collaboration, and limitations.  Sounds like a good opportunity to help support and provide feedback for future direction.

Even though this training will be fire-centric, use of these tools are current and emerging technology for use on the district/forest too.

They are accepting late nominations and have a capacity of 99 attendees. I will be using the big screen in the SO conference room to share the class if anyone wants to train group-style or is only available for part of the class time period.

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Please forward as appropriate.

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Vicki Stephens
Forest Fire Ecologist
Forest Service
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
p: 406-683-3920
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