Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Northeast Region
Helicopter flies over a forest fire.
Pagami Creek Fire, Superior NF, Minnesota, September 2011. (Photo: Kari Greer)
Resilient Landscapes - Fire-Adapted Communities - Safe and Effective Wildfire Response  
The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC) provides executive leadership, coordination, and guidance to carry out the Northeast Regional Action Plan while providing a forum for members to guide strategic direction for fire and land management activities. The NE RSC continues to collaboratively recognize, support, and help with National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy goals and implementation efforts.

NE RSC Chair: Brad Simpkins, New Hampshire State Forester
In This Issue
Northeast Region Cohesive Strategy Key Contacts

New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands

172 Pembroke Road

PO Box 1856

Concord, NH 03302-1856


Maureen Brooks

Communications Working Group Lead

U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area S&PF


Larry Mastic

Coordinator, Northeast Region

Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

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May 2016

Recent Prescribed Fire Activity Across the Northeast Region
Chicago Sun Times logo.
The prescribed burn at Franklin Creek State Natural Area took off in the prairie sections. (Photo: Dale Bowman)

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(Photo: From footage taken by a privately owned drone on behalf of Dennis Fire Department)
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May 4, 2016


Green moss and plant shoots grow on the ground of a forest that was burned.
The Ottawa County parks department commissioned a prescribed burn at Port Sheldon Natural Area (pictured). Parks staff burned 30 acres to keep the area as an early-forest habitat and protect several rare animal species living there. Only a week and a half after the fire, green plants had already appeared amidst the blackened turf.

(Photo: Caleb Whitmer/Sentinel Staff)

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April 19, 2016


Aerial map of Gettysburg PA.

Spring 2016 prescribed burn area. (Photo: NPS)


Gettysburg National Military Park fire managers prepared for a prescribed fire this spring, which was conducted April 18, 2016.


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May 4, 2016

A person uses a drip torch to start a prescribed fire.
The La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department conducted a prescribed burn on the Thompson Prairie area in Upper Hixon Forest. (Photo: Erik Daily, La Crosse Tribune)

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An Active Spring Fire Season in the Northeast

The Northeast has experienced a number of large fires this spring. The following are some news reports about these wildfires. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A helicopter carries water in a bucket.
Wharton fire : A New Jersey Forest Fire Service helicopter takes a bucket of water from Atsion Lake to fight a wildfire Sunday in Shamong Township, Burlington County.(Photo: Dale Gerhard) 


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Mid-Hudson Valley, NY (Photo: Mid-Hudson Valley Patch)


More Than 100 State, Local Crews Fight Ulster County Brush Fire

Monday, April 25, 2016


April 28, 2016


A blackened forest area.

Sam's Point Nature Preserve TNC Ulster County NYS DEC & OPRHP Forest Rangers wildland fire incident command fire suppression. (Photo: Daily Freeman News)


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The 16-Mile Fire near the border of Pike and Monroe Counties in Pennsylvania burned 8,030 acres. (Photo: PA Bureau of Forestry)



A brush fire burns along the Blue Mountain in April 2015. State officials are concerned this year about a blaze dubbed the 16-Mile Fire in Pike and Monroe Counties. (Photo: Rich Rolen, Special to the Morning Call)



Fire Officials Urge Drone Operators to Avoid 16-Mile Fire Air Space


Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry

April 25, 2016 

USDA poster titled If you fly we can't.


16-Mile Fire 100 Percent Contained after Nearly Two Weeks

May 1, 2016   


The fire started April 20 and burned more than 8,000 acres.


Smoke billows from a forest fire.
This image of an airplane working on the 16-Mile Fire on April 24 offers some perspective on size of smoke column. (Photo: Josh Thompson, PA DCNR, Bureau of Forestry)

5th Year Recruiting for FireCorps at Cape Cod National Seashore
Application Deadline: June 22, 2016

Two people in firefighting gear at Cape Cod are smiling.
The AmeriCorps and National Park Service are actively recruiting for the fifth year of FireCorps at the Cape Cod National Seashore. The season runs from September 2016 to July 2017. The recruitment and application period is open now. View more information and instructions on how to apply.

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A Special July Webinar
Finding the Best Science Available on Fire Ecology and Fire Regimes in Eastern Ecosystems
Logos for North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and Joint Fire Science Program.

July 27, 2016

1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 11 PM MT

Robin Innes and Ilana Abrahamson

U.S. Forest Service


Join us for our next Webinar in cooperation with the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists highlighting the new fire features of the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)  

Managers and planners need scientifically sound information on historical fire regimes and contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes to make informed management decisions. To address this need, two new fire regime publications-Fire Regime Reports and Fire Regime Syntheses-are now available and spatially searchable in the recently updated user interface for the FEIS.

Source: Lake States Fire Science Consortium, April 2016 Newsletter

Minnesota Smoke Management Plan Finalized
Logo Lake States Fire Science Consortium
[ This is a great example of a Northeast Regional collaborative effort that advances the WFLC's Smoke Management and Air Quality Priority for the National Cohesive Strategy - Ed.]


Access and download the Minnesota Smoke Management Plan and view the Minnesota Smoke Management Plan Agreement. 


Source: Lake States Fire Science Consortium, April 2016 Newsletter

Conferences, Meetings, and Training Opportunities

Midwest Wildfire Training Academy
Sponsored in cooperation with the Big Rivers Forest Fire Management Compact and the U.S. Forest Service
June 8-12, 2016
Jefferson City, MO
Held in conjunction with the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute's Annual Summer Fire School.
Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy
Sponsored in cooperation with the Middle Atlantic Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact, U.S. Forest Service, and West Virginia University
June 4-10, 2016
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Conferences and Meetings

North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange Oak Capstone Workshop  
Fire in Oak Workshop Regional Differences, Local Applicability
June 15-16, 2016 
Westborough, MA

50th Annual Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors Committee Meeting
Fifty Years of Northeastern Fire Management
June 20-24, 2016
King of Prussia, PA
Radisson Valley Forge

An Instructional, Practical and Pragmatic Approach to Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation
December 6-8, 2016
Mystic, CT
Contact your state or provincial forest fire prevention specialist in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic


LaCrosse, WI
Contact the
Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium if you are interested in contributing to a special session about suppressing invasive plants using integrated treatment that includes prescribed fire.  

2nd International Smoke Symposium
November 14-17, 2016
Long Beach, CA
The Call for Presentations, Posters, and Special Sessions closes on May 16.   

3rd Southwest Fire Ecology Conference  
Beyond Hazard Fuels: Managing Fire for Social, Economic, and Ecological Benefits
November 28 - December 2, 2016
Tucson, AZ
Now Accepting Submissions for Special Sessions, Workshops and Trainings
and Attached Meetings . Call for oral and poster presentation abstract submissions opened April 1. Early Bird Registration opens June 1.

Save-the-Date: 7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
November 28 - December 2, 2017
Orlando, FL
Buena Vista Palace Spa and Hotel 

The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC) delivers articles and stories each month that demonstrate the collaborative efforts of agencies, organizations and communities supporting and promoting the three goals of the Cohesive Strategy: Restoring Resilient Landscapes, Creating Fire Adapted Communities and Responding to Wildfire. 


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