A Newsletter for the Southern Prescribed Fire Community
No. 38
November 2019
GoFundMe Established for Injured Oklahoma Firefighter

A GoFundMe has been established for Tanner Wilson, an Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighter who was injured in an entrapment and burnover in September. Tanner faces a long recovery and rehabilitation, and donations will be used to help him and his family through that process.

Image: Tanner Wilson
Credit: Michelle Finch-Walker, GoFundMe
WTREX 2020 Accepting Applications

The 4th Women-in-Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WTREX) will take place March 30-April 10, 2020, in southeastern Virginia. Applications for participation are being accepted through December 13, 2019.Please share this announcement, and encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, and professional affiliations to apply! Though WTREX has a focus on women in fire, it is meant to bring together a diverse group, including men, international participants, and people from all walks of life.
Fall 2019 Southern Area Wildfire Risk Assessment Released

In late September, the Southern Area Coordination Center released the Fall 2019 Southern Area Wildfire Risk Assessment. The assessment notes, in part, that "Based on current fuel conditions and forecasted weather conditions, the most likely scenario is an above average level of wildfire activity for the next month and beyond." 
Florida Updates Prescribed Fire Policies

Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture has announced new statewide safety rules about prescribed burns, which primarily include more restrictions on burning fields of sugarcane. The new rules also require a review of an quality index and weather models before authorization is given to begin burns anywhere in Florida. The state also announced plans to introduce a new software called fiResponse, which will provide the public with online fire maps and improve information for wildfire first responders.
Longleaf Groundcover Working Group Seeks Information on Best Practices

The America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative Groundcover Working Group is seeking to provide information about groundcover restoration best practices. In order to do this, the working group is gathering information to build a database of projects that can be accessed through a StoryMap format online. Those with information to share should submit this form to Carol Denhof at carol@longleafalliance.org as soon as possible.
Project Examines Marsh Bird Response to Prescribed Fire

A new project will examine how three bird species of concern (black rail, yellow rail, and mottled duck) respond to different prescribed fire management regimes within high marsh ecosystems across the Gulf of Mexico. Project collaborators expect the work will result in computer models of co-occurrence, distribution, and abundance for each of the three species of concern, as well as information on potential trade-offs for prescribed fire application in high marsh ecosystems.
Women in Fire - Featured Stories

Two publications recently featured women working in fire management. Wilma Magazine featured The Nature Conservancy's Angie Carl, while the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences published a piece on NCMNS Educator and North Carolina burn boss Erin Apple.

Image: Angie Carl in Wilma Magazine
Credit: Terah Wilson
Fire Management Needed to Safeguard Water Supply

In a recent blog post on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy website, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station Hydrologist Dennis Hallema argues that research demonstrates that urban water supplies in Southeast states may benefits from forest management, including the use of prescribed burning to reconvert loblolly pine tracts back to native longleaf savannas.
Extension Connection
National Extension Wildland Fire Initiative
The National Extension Wildland Fire Initiative (NEWFI) is a new initiative aimed to help connect Extension and outreach professionals working in wildland fire. Click here to learn more and to join.

ANREP 2020 Conference and Post-Conference Fire Workshop
The Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals 2020 Call for Abstracts is now open. Those wishing to submit an abstract for a presentation, poster, or special session should do so by October 11, 2019. The conference will take place in Bend, Oregon May 3-6, 2020. A post-conference workshop on May 7 will include a tour of the Chiloquin Community Forest and Fire Project, a partnership between private landowners, federal and state agencies, and other partners. 
Southern Fire Exchange

North Carolina Fire and Organic Soils Workshop
In partnership with the Southeast Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and the North Carolina Fire Prescribed Council and supported by Enviva, SFE held an organic soils workshop in Holly Ridge, NC on October 21. Morning presentations by researchers focused recent research relevant to managers, while the afternoon field tour took place on Holly Shelter Game Land.
Image: Workshop attendees on the field tour
Credit: Laurel Kays, SFE

SFE Feedback Survey
SFE is collecting feedback on their programming. This information will be used to shape future programming in order to better meet the needs of the Southeast fire community.
International Association of Wildland Fire

Third International Smoke Symposium Call for Proposals
The Third International Smoke Symposium has released the call for presentation proposals. Proposals must be submitted by December 20, 2019. The conference will be held in Raleigh, NC on April 20-24, 2020, with a satellite location at UC Davis, California.
Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

New Blog Posts: Changing Fire Culture, How Homes Burn, and Being an Active Bystander
The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network publishes a variety of content related to fire adaptation. The following recent posts may be of interest to the prescribed fire community:

Longleaf Alliance

Longleaf Alliance Welcomes New President Carol Denhof
The Longleaf Alliance has announced that Carol Denhof, currently the Understory and Media Coordinator, will take over as President of the Longleaf Alliance on November 1. Current President Robert Abernathy announced in July that he would be transitioning out of his leadership role.
Joint Fire Science Program

Wildfire in the News
The Northwest Fire Science Consortium has released a video that accompanies an article addressing ways that news outlets cover wildland fire, including ways to improve that communication.

Final Report: Models Inform on Strategic Implementation in Cases of Extreme Fire Weather
The final report has been released for a project examining the effectiveness of forest management across three very different Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) landscapes, including the Osceola National Forest in Florida.
Southeastern Grasslands Initiative

SGI Expands Southern Appalachian Efforts
SGI has hired a new ecologist to manage several projects with the Cumberland Piedmont Network of the National Park Service. Some of those projects include assessing the effectiveness of treatments to address ecosystems impacted by fire suppression.
Prescribed Fire News Roundup
Treat All Firefighters Equally
High Country News published a letter from a participant in Arizona's Inmate Wildfire Program calling attention to the need for legislation to improve treatment of imprisoned wildland firefighter crews.

Amazon Rainforest Fires: Everything You Need to Know
NC State's College of Natural Resources speaks with researchers about the story behind the recent Amazon rainforest fires, and what is at stake.

Early Humans Evolved in Ecosystems Unlike Any Found Today
Phys.org explores the environmental pressures that shaped early human evolution, including the ways fire regimes of the time likely differed.

Nominee to Oversee NWS Wants to Privatize Weather Forecasting
Wildfire Today addresses the views of the man nominated to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which includes the National Weather Service, and how they could impact wildland fire management.

We Went to Witness a Prescribed Burn-And It Became a Wildfire
Denver's 5280 Magazine documents a reporter's experience covering a prescribed burn that escaped.
Funding Opportunities
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Emergency Coastal Resilience RFP
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting proposals for projects that increase the resilience of coastal communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires in 2018. Proposals are due by Tuesday, November 12 at 11:59 PM ET.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting applications for its Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Proposed projects must generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a state or multi-state area or address one or more primary resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area. Proposals are due by 5:00 PM ET on December 3, 2019.

Joint Fire Science Program Funding Opportunity Announcements
JFSP FOAs are now open through 5:00 PM MST December 5, 2019. 2019 FOAs include Graduate Research Innovation, performance of fuel breaks and fuel break systems, and funding for Regional Fire Science Exchanges in Alaska, California, Great Basin, and the Pacific Islands.

Lake States Fire Science Consortium Intern Program
The Lake States Fire Science Consortium is accepting proposals for several $4,000 research internship awards. The funds will support undergraduate internship experiences and proposals are due by 5:00 PM ET December 9, 2019.

Travel, Research, and Educational Experience (TREE) Grants
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) will distribute Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) TREE grants. These are designed to help graduate students travel to present at conferences and workshops related to fire science and management. Applications are due 60 days before the start of the event the applicant would like to attend. Additional information and application link are available on the  AFE website
Webinars, Video, and Other Media
Recent Archived Webinars

More recorded webinars on a variety of fire topics can be found on the Southern Fire Exchange webinar page, the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium webinar page, and the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists webinars and presentations page .

Past videos and other resources can be found here.
Podcasts & Radio

Podcast Series

  • Good Fire Podcast - Covers the indigenous use of "good fire" is used around the globe.
  • Learn, Baby, Burn - Created by the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, this podcast will cover a variety of prescribed fire topics.
  • The Fire Learning Trail - Introduces listeners to the role of fire in the Southern Appalachians, wildland firefighting, and local history
  • On The Line - Covers topics of interest to wildland firefighters, including mental health, the pack test, and health considerations.
  • Forest Voices - Covers forest stewardship and management topics, including prescribed fire.

Past single podcasts and other resources can be found here.
Upcoming Events, Training, and Networking
Prescribed Fire Council Meetings

None currently scheduled
Prescribed Burner Certification Courses

  • Georgia - Courses are offered by the Georgia Forestry Commission, with the following courses remaining for 2019:
  • December 3-4, Jasper, GA

  • Louisiana - Courses are offered through LSU Cooperative Extension Service. None are currently scheduled.

Conferences, Workshops, Festivals and Other Events

  • March 10-11, 2020 - Forest Economic Contributions Summit, New Orleans, LA

  • May 19-21, 2020 - Southern Blue Ridge FLN, Dillard, GA

  • Ongoing - Fire in the Field, This intermediate firefighter training program (equivalent to NWCG S-131, S-133, and S-231 courses, as well as the G-131 course) is designed to prepare the Firefighter 2 (FFT2) to move to the Firefighter 1 (FFT1) position. 
Job Postings
All jobs are open as of the Driptorch Digest send date, however application reviews may have begun.

Forest and Fire Ecology PhD Assistantship - The University of Montana Wilderness Institute is seeking to fill a PhD assistantship to work on a funded project entitled "Ecosystem Response to Fire in the Wilderness." Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 8, 2019. 

Assistant Professor of Forest Health and Fire Protection - Alabama A&M University is accepting applications for a nine-month academic appointment with additional three-month summer employment available and expected. The application deadline is November 10, 2019.

Virginia Burn Crew Managers and Members - The Nature Conservancy in Virginia is hiring a Burn Crew Manager and four Burn Crew Members. Applications are due by November 25, 2019.

Land Management Technician - The Orianne Society is hiring a staff member to participate in land management operations, maintenance, and management, including wildland fire management. Applications are due by November 29, 2019.

Texas Longleaf Implementation Team Coordinator - The Texas LIT is seeking a coordinator to lead the partnership. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

Veterans Fire Corps - The Student Conservation Association is accepting applications from post-9/11-era US military veterans for its Fire Corps internships. Additional information and the application portal can be found on the  program website.

Fire Ecology Internships - The Fire Ecology Program at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy in Tallahassee, FL seeks to provide field and laboratory experience for college students and recent graduates in the areas of plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, and fire ecology and science. Most internships last 12-16 weeks and are largely fieldwork based. Summer interns work from May-August and Fall interns work from October-December.   Get full details and application instructions here.

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NC State Extension Forestry
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SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Working Group Coordinator

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NC State Extension Forestry
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