No. 78                                                                                       April 2023
The Driptorch Digest header including an image of two drip torches with smoke from a low-intensity fire in the background. "News for the southern prescribed fire community"
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Thinning & Prescribed Fire in VR
Hundreds of people watched a prescribed fire demonstration at the Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival, January 28, 2023
Penn State University and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station created an immersive virtual tour of a 'Variable Density Thinning' study on the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest. The digital portal provides 360-degree views of different study sites and video/audio background information on the different thinning techniques and effects represented, including stands with and without prescribed fire. Users can access the virtual tour with the link below and have the option to participate in a study to evaluate the effectiveness of this novel tool.
Tippin' Torch: Tips for the Season
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With burning season in full swing, drip torches across the southeast are being put to good use. A recent post on the Southeast Prescribed Fire Update provides an overview of the use and maintenance of drip torches that may be a useful refresher for any of us that don't get frequent burning experience.

Some areas in the south may be approaching seasonal changes in wind patterns and vegetation growth that present challenging burning conditions. Check out this article from Oklahoma State University Extension on some of the ways to continue burning safely in these conditions. The article focuses on prairie fires but there are useful takeaways for planning burns in general, and mitigating the risk of escapes.
  • Share your burn plan with neighbors
  • Clear brush and debris from around structures
  • Move values-at-risk like farm equipment to fire-safe locations
  • Identify where values-at-risk like livestock can be moved in a worst-case scenario
Prescribed Fire News Roundup
Longer Growing Seasons in the Eastern U.S.
The decision to burn during the growing season or the dormant season is a common issue in the southeast. Results from a recent study at The Ohio State University show that with rising temperatures, trees in eastern forests are retaining their leaves longer. The study didn't directly address fire-related implications of these findings, but it may be something for fire managers to keep in mind as they anticipate the future challenges of fire management in the region.
Southeast Partners Learn About Wildfires and Home Construction
Did you know that there is a cutting edge research facility in the south that studies the impact of wildfire to residential structures? The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has a campus in Richburg, South Carolina that includes a test chamber where building materials can be subjected to simulated wildfire and 130mph winds! IBHS invited regional partners to a learning exchange about the research being conducted on the special wildfire risks residents face in the southeast.
Satellite Imaging Captures #goodfire Across the Southeast
NASA shared a Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite image of the Alabama - Georgia border from March 14, complemented by a short article. Smoke plumes are visible from several known prescribed fires, as are red dots from VIIRS, an automatic fire detection technology. The article describes some of the fire-adapted species present in the south, where most of the U.S.'s current fire detections were found.
The Story of WTREX 2023 in North Carolina
Highlighted in last month's Driptorch Digest, a Women-in-Fire Training Exchange (WTREX) was recently hosted in eastern North Carolina. NC State University's news service published another great review of the event that can be read in the link below.
Provide Comments for the National Cohesive Strategy Workshop
The planners of the National Cohesive Strategy Workshop are seeking input from stakeholders of the Cohesive Strategy as they prepare for this year's event. Responses to the short questionnaire linked below are requested by April 7. This year's workshop will take place November 6 - 10 in Santa Fe, NM.
Updates on the EPA's Proposed Changes to the PM2.5 Standards
The EPA's proposed changes to the air quality standards, particularly those for levels of PM2.5, continues to be a prominent topic for fire practitioners across the country. The public comment period for the proposal recently closed. We will continue to monitor the conversation around this issue and will share more information as it develops.
Funding Resources
  • EPA is requesting applications for the assessment, prevention, control, or abatement of wildfire smoke hazards and related activities that target public buildings and/or buildings that serve the public, but privately owned or operated.
  • Application Deadline: May 9, 2023
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  • Available to nonprofits, universities, and federally-recognized Native American tribes
  • Must benefit U.S. National Forests and Grasslands
  • 1:1 nonfederal cash match
  • Round 2 Application Deadline: May 18, 2023
  • Calling for planning proposals focused on catalyzing innovative and inclusive wildland fire science through collaboration among diverse stakeholders and rights holders.
  • 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.
  • Proposal Deadline: May 31, 2023
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Job Opportunities
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Alachua Conservation Trust
  • Summer Application Deadline: Apr. 7
  • Hamden, CT
  • West Virginia University
  • Posted: Jan. 27
  • Wilmington, NC
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Posted: Mar. 8
  • Wilmington, NC
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Posted: Mar. 8
Fire Equipment Coordinator
  • Wake County, NC
  • NC State Parks
  • Deadline: April 6

Eastern Region Burn Coordinator
  • Wake County, NC
  • NC State Parks
  • Deadline: April 6
Click here for a useful resource on fire career paths.
Upcoming Events
Fire Festivals
Southern Pines, NC
Nebo, NC
Certified Burner Courses
Immokalee, FL
Multiple Dates in April
Mt. Pleasant, TX
22 - 24
Hybrid - NC
24 - 25
Calhoun, GA
Fire Training Courses and Workshops
Burn Window: Early April
Hendersonville, NC
  • Sign up for more info
April 10 - June 16
  • Enroll By: May 1
April 24 - May 5
25 - 27
Bradenton, FL
25 - 28
Haines City, FL
West End, NC
8 - 11
Albany, NY
Newland, NC
Camp Shelby, MS
May 15 - June 2
Hybrid - FL
23 - 25
Black Mountain, NC
  • Agenda Available: Apr. 3
Multiple Dates
April - June
Multiple Locations
Conferences, Webinars, and Other Events
16 - 18
Tyler, TX
The Driptorch Digest is distributed by NC State University as a project of the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) Prescribed Fire Working Group.

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