The mission of the North Central Washington Prescribed Fire Council is to protect, conserve, and expand the safe use of prescribed fire on the North Central Washington landscape to meet both public and private management objectives.
No fire is not an option. Browse the latest posts to find out why.
The video is from Ron Masters, Director of Tall Timbers Research Station in Florida:
The prescribed fire video was based on the focus group sessions across the southeast US.
Ron Masters, PhD
Director of Research
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32312
850-893-4153 ext. 229
Roseburg, Oregon, March 22, 2006 (courtesy of SOS website). By comparing fire scar frequencies with presettlement weather records, Researcher Ken Carloni of Umpqua Community College put together a record that links wildland fire ignitions with First Nations ignitions rather than weather.
Dr. Carloni presented his Doctoral Thesis on “The Ecological Legacy of Indian Burning Practices in Southwestern Oregon”. An interesting summary of the research is presented at the SOS website.
Dr. Carloni provided advice to land managers:
“Evidence that the indigenous people had an active hand in influencing
the fire regimes that shaped their landscapes has important implications
for current managers. Rather than a conversion of unmanaged land to
managed lands, the changes witnessed in the last 150 years are more
indicative of a change from one management regime to another, with a
brief period of passive management in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The message to land stewards is clear: taking no action will not tend to
return the landscape to aboriginal conditions …”
Take an online tutorial at your own pace and convenience.
Smoke Management and Air Quality for Land Managers is an openly available online resource designed to meet the needs of federal and state land managers who require a working knowledge of air quality regulations and smoke management approaches. This course is a combination of conventional readings, interactive figures, and supporting case studies to help users.
Bend, Oregon, June 4, 2010. Jerry Franklin and Norm Johnson of the University of Washington presented testimony to the Hearing of Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
A key message was that:
Restoration of the dry forest ecosystems and landscapes must be the primary focus of our stewardship in the national forests in eastern Oregon and Washington – not narrowly focused efforts that address only wildfire and fuels!
A research paper by Susan Prichard, David Peterson and Kyle Jacobson, demonstrates the beneficial effects of fuel treatments in reducing fire severity in dry, mixed conifer forests.
Prichard, Susan J.; Peterson, David L.; Jacobson, Kyle. 2010. Fuel treatments reduce the severity of wildfire effects in dry mixed conifer forest, Washington, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 40(8): 1615-1626
Abstract: To address hazardous fuel accumulations, many fuel treatments are being implemented in dry forests, but there have been few opportunities to evaluate treatment efficacy in wildfires. We documented the effectiveness of thinning and prescribed burning in the 2006 Tripod Complex fires. Recent fuel treatments burned in the wildfires and offered an opportunity to evaluate if two treatments (thin only and thin and prescribed burn) mitigated fire severity. Fire severity was markedly different between the two treatments. Over 57% of trees survived in thin and prescribed burn (thinRx) units versus 19% in thin only (thin) and 14% in control units. Considering only large-diameter trees (>20 cm diameter at breast height), 73% survived in thinRx units versus 36% and 29% in thin and control units, respectively. Logistic regression modeling demonstrates significant reductions in the log-odds probability of tree death under both treatments with a much greater reduction in thinRx units. Other severity measures, including percent crown scorch and burn severity index, are significantly lower in thinRx units than in thin and control units. This study provides strong quantitative evidence that thinning alone does not reduce wildfire severity but that thinning followed by prescribed burning is effective at mitigating wildfire severity in dry western forests.