No. 72                                                                                       October 2022
USDA Forest Service National Prescribed Fire Program Review (2022)

In April, the Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak wildfire in New Mexico prompted U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore to conduct a prescribed fire program review, suspending all prescribed fire for nearly 4 months. The national review team has released their comprehensive report and U.S. Forest Service prescribed fire implementation has conditionally resumed.

The report lists 7 new recommendations that Chief Randy Moore has made mandatory nationwide. He has also stated that by the end of the year, the U.S. Forest service will establish a Western Prescribed Fire Training Curriculum and create a collaborative strategy for having national crews dedicated to hazardous fuel reduction work.

Prescribed Fire News Roundup
Investing in More Robust Mental Health Support for Wildland Firefighters

In the face of arduous and stressful situations, fire practitioners are expected to respond with level-heads. Over time, this expectation has become misconstrued to mean wildland firefighters should suppress their emotions. Research has shown this has extreme impacts on the mental health of our fire practitioners, impacts we should care about and take seriously. The U.S. Forest Service has initiated several programs to address the mental health of fire personnel. The article below goes into more detail on the programs and their importance.

Trailblazers - Women in Fire

Almost all of the 2022 Virginia Women-in-Fire Training Exchange (WTREX) attendees were women, but in wildland fire, women make up only 10% of the workforce. For several of the WTREX attendees, it was the first time they weren't the only woman working with an all-male team. The Nature Conservancy published an article and REI released a video that described WTREX, highlighted the experiences of its diverse attendees, and showcased the determination of women in fire.

Burn Small, Burn Often: Introducing Practical Prescribed Fire Into Your Community

While prescribed fire is a passion for those of us implementing it, our local communities might not be as comfortable with fire. The threat of wildfires, and all of its associated bad press, has engrained fear into the public. This fear can be minimized by burning small, and burning often. The article linked below goes into detail on a case study, the Promise Rx project, that implemented this tactic. The project is a success story in overcoming the public's reservations, building trust, and getting for fire back on the ground.

How Prescribed Fire Helps Keep A Unique Georgia Forest Healthy

West of Atlanta Georgia, a piece of property is seeing fire for the first time in a long while. "The Dugdown Corridor is an initiative for a giant area of protected forests and streams, stretching from the edge of the metro area into Alabama." Fireline narration describes the history of prescribed fire and the many benefits to forest ecosystems as we watch the progress of the burn.

Conservation groups suggest establishment of 5 prescribed burn associations in Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Forestry Division charges $50 per acre to do a prescribed burn on private land. To make burns more affordable to individuals, several conservation groups/agencies in Arkansas came together to propose the creation of 5 prescribed burn associations (PBAs) with funding already in place. The PBAs can reduce prescribed fire costs and the members would help each other out, supplying manpower to the prescribed burns on private property.

Air Force Civil Engineer Center Wildland Fire Branch ignites new tribal partnership

"The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is leveraging the invaluable local knowledge of Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes members to build a better prescribed burn program at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma."

Using the Power of Data to Mitigate Wildfire Risk: Welcome to IFTDSS

"When a prescribed fire specialist is planning a controlled burn, they can use the Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS) to run models of the area under various conditions, such as different weather scenarios. These models can project flame lengths, the rate at which a fire will spread, and possible effects of a fire (such as impacts to air quality). 'IFTDSS has taken a lot of the complexity out of fire modeling, making the process user friendly and efficient,' said Henry Bastian with Interior’s Office of Wildland Fire, who oversees IFTDSS."

Mountain Valleys RC&D’s Mitigation Cost-Share Assistance Program offers 50% reimbursement for residents within their eight-county region to hire out a contractor or rent equipment to reduce their home’s risk of ignition from wildfire. Preference given to homes or communities within a moderate-to-high wildfire risk area. Check out this recently posted blog entry that explains the cost-share process. Funding available until December 2022.

Community Wildfire Defense Grants from Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are now available. The program will assist at risk communities with planning and mitigating against the risk of wildfires. The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network has published an article to help navigate applying for the grant. Click Here to Read More.

The 2022 EJ Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers RFA has been amended. Total funding now up to $100 million. Up to $10 million per award for a 5-year period. Deadline extended to November 1st.

Coalitions and Collaboratives Inc. (COCO), a Colorado-based nonprofit, started the Action, Implementation and Mitigation (AIM) Program to accelerate fire adaptation concepts and reduce the risk from wildfire across the U.S. by increasing capacity and on-the-ground work. Applicants must contribute a 100% match (cash or in-kind match is eligible).  Award funding may range from $10,000 – $75,000. Grants are contracted for a period of one year. Deadlines Soon!

With a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation is calling for planning proposals focused on catalyzing innovative and inclusive wildland fire science through collaboration among diverse stakeholders and rights holders. Planning proposals must be submitted via Budget requests must not exceed $100,000 per year (including indirect costs) for a total of $200,000, with a duration of up to 24 months. Planning proposals can be submitted at any time but should be submitted no later than May 31, 2023 for consideration during Fiscal Year 2023.
Job Opportunities
Chattahoochee Fall Line Fire Management Technician (52135), The Nature Conservancy, GA

Chattahoochee Fall Line Burn Crew Manager (52136), The Nature Conservancy, GA

Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service, Multiple Locations, Texas

Task Force Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service, Multiple Locations, Texas

Resource Specialist, Texas A&M Forest Service, Multiple Locations, Texas

Fire Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service, Multiple Locations, Texas

Wildlife Biologist III, South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources,  Georgetown, SC

Region 8 Women in Wildfire Handcrew Supervisors, U.S. Forest Service, Clemson, SC

Multiple Southwestern Region Fire Vacancies, U.S. Forest Service

Multiple Southeast Conservation Corp Positions, Southeast Conservation Corp

Prescribed Fire Council Meetings
Prescribed Burner Certification Courses
Prescribed Fire Training Opportunities
NWCG S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, Hybrid (Deadline Oct. 7)

University of Idaho Careers in Fire and Fuels, Online (Registration Open Now)

2023 NIPFTC 20-Day Mixed Module Sessions, Tallahassee, FL (Deadline Oct. 15)

2023 Florida's Prescribed Fire for Wildlife, Haines City, FL (More Info Coming in 2023)
Conferences, Workshops, Webinars, Festivals, and Other Events
September 26 - October 7 - Indigenous Women's TREX, Somes Bar, CA
October 4-7 - Fire Ecology Across Boundaries, Florence, Italy
October 4-6 - Private Lands Partner’s Day, Fayetteville, AR
October 7 - Three Rivers Land Trust Inaugural Habitat Summit, Mooresville, NC
October 8, 10-3 PM Eastern - Fire in the Pines Festival, Wilmington NC
October 11-12, Hot Topics in Prescribed Fire Symposium, Gainesville, FL
October 12, 9-11 AM Eastern - Restoring Fire Adapted Oak-Pine Communities at the Dome Webinar
October 12, 2 PM Eastern - The Art of Ranching with Fire Webinar
October 14-20 -
Women in Wildland Fire Bootcamp (Oregon)
November 10, 9-5 PM Eastern - Learn to Burn: Using Fire to Manage Your Land, Dublin, VA
November 14-18 - National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop, Asheville, NC
December 6-8 - 7th Fire in Eastern Oaks Conference, Virtual Event
January 4-14, 2023 - 20th Annual TN-KY Wildland Fire Academy, Bell Buckle, TN
January 8-27, 2023 - Fire Leadership for Women 20-day Training, Tallahassee, FL
January 17, 2023, 1-2 PM Central - Diversity Explodes with Another Boring Burn Webinar
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