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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.

Brad Simpkins, New Hampshire State Forester
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Coordinator, Northeast Region

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October 2018

Save the Date!!! Mark your Calendars!!!

The 3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop will be held October 21-24, 2019, in Plymouth, MA.The International Association of Wildland Fire is presenting this workshop in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council and the Western, Southeast, and Northeast Regional Strategy Committees.

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Megan's Corner - October 2018
LANDFIRE logo and the text In the Northeast.
  • LANDFIRE 101: Hands down this is the best, shortest, most comprehensive, and most visually descriptive introduction to LANDFIRE. If you or someone you know is still having trouble understanding what LANDFIRE is, how the data is created, and how it is used, take a look at this less than 4-minute video by Heather Heward at the University of Idaho.
  • September 10th LANDFIRE SeminarOn September 10, 2018, a panel consisting of Henry Bastian, Alexa McKerrow, Clint Cross, and Jim Smith presented Foundational All-Lands Data for Improving Decisions in Land Management to the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Policy Analysis in Washington, DC. Among the topics they discussed are the interagency and interdepartmental approach to LANDFIRE's product suite, and a look at applications (both spatial and nonspatial data) and innovations that are changing conservation. A substantive question/answer session followed the presentation. More than 300 people viewed the webinar in person or via streaming video. Click here to watch the panel presentation.
  • FBFM Survey and Fuels Calibrations: The deadline for filling out the Fire Behavior Fuel Model survey was September 30. I pulled the results on October 1, and we had 29 respondents from the Northeastern Area; thank you to those who filled it out! I will be digging into the results soon, but here's the most striking and actionable:
Graph showing a 100 percent yes response to the question are you interested in learning about fire behavior fuel models.

WOW. No statistical analysis required to say that is a SIGNIFICANT result. I'll be sharing the results with basically everyone I know who can help strategize our region's preparation for upcoming fuels calibrations for the risk assessment funded by the U.S. Forest Service. If you'd like a copy, please e-mail me. Much more to come soon!

Delaware Forest Service Looks to Increase Wildfire Crews for Upcoming Fire Season

Media Contact: John Petersen, 302-698-4552,

Posted Monday, October 1, 2018

A fire burns in brush.
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DOVER, Del. - The Delaware Forest Service is looking to increase its wildfire crews for the upcoming season through training for new recruits. During the 2018 wildfire season, Delaware sent two full crews out to Colorado, Idaho, and Montana to be first responders.

Interested recruits should be over 18 years old, physically fit, motivated, and willing to travel out-of-state for at least two weeks during the summer on fire assignments. No previous experience is needed, but recruits are required to complete ICS-100 (Introduction to the Incident Command System) and IS-700 (An Introduction to the National Incident Management System), available online, prior to reporting for training.

Human-Started Wildfires Expand the Fire Niche Across the United States

[Editor's Note: This research shows the important regional differences in human-caused wildfires and why there is not a "one-size-fits-all" strategy for managing wildfires nationally.]

Jennifer K. Balch, Bethany A. Bradley, John T. Abatzoglou, 
R. Chelsea Nagy, Emily J. Fusco,  and Adam L. Mahood

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Vol. 114, No. 11)

March 14, 2017

Fighting wildfires in the United States costs billions of dollars annually. Public dialog and ongoing research have focused on increasing wildfire risk because of climate warming, overlooking the direct role that people play in igniting wildfires and increasing fire activity. Our analysis of two decades of government agency wildfire records highlights the fundamental role of human ignitions. Human-started wildfires accounted for 84% of all wildfires, tripled the length of the fire season, dominated an area seven times greater than that affected by lightning fires, and were responsible for nearly half of all area burned. National and regional policy efforts to mitigate wildfire-related hazards would benefit from focusing on reducing the human expansion of the fire niche.

Read the online version of this research article or a PDF.

Map of the United States showing the total number of wildfires and the proportion caused by humans. Most human-caused wildfires are in the far western U.S. and east of the Mississippi.

Figure 1. The total number of wildfires (dot size) and the proportion started by humans (dot color: red indicating greater number of human started fires) within each 50-km × 50-km grid cell across the coterminous United States from 1992 to 2012. Black lines are ecoregion boundaries, as defined in the text.

Don't Reinvent the Prescribed Fire Wheel: Must-Have Liability, Timing and Outreach Resources
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September 20, 2018

View of a fire glowing on the horizon.
Courtesy photo by Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

Know Your Liability
If something goes wrong with a controlled burn, who's accountable? That's an important question, and the answer is different depending on your state and its current legislation.  What's Your State's Prescribed Fire Liability Law? provides a great overview of prescribed fire liability, but since liability is tied to current policy, be sure to research changes in your state. (Our liability blog was published in 2017.) For example, New Jersey recently passed  new prescribed fire legislation, which among its many nuances, redistributes prescribed fire liability.

In  Jeremy Bailey's words, "Manage liability; don't run from it."

Bonus: For more insights from Jeremy Bailey, who leads the implementation of the Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) strategy, check out his post, 15 Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Cooperative Burning.
Read the full blog post by Allison Jolley.

Conferences, Meetings, and Training Opportunities

Conferences and Meetings


October 29 - November 9, 2018
Pickens County, SC
October 29 - November 2, 2018
South Portland, ME

Fort Custer National Training Center
Battle Creek, MI

November 26-30, 2018
Charlottesville, VA
December 10-14, 2018
Asheville, NC

SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop
October 21-24, 2019
Plymouth, MA

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