Wednesday webinar to focus on wildfire response and management

A free webinar today is slated to address wildfire management and the alignment of fire operations with landscape planning objectives.

The event, hosted online by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, lasts noon to 1 p.m. MST Wednesday and will be led by Christopher O’Connor with the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

From the event sign-up page:

“Part of the solution to dealing with the increasing complexity of wildfire management is to reduce uncertainties inherent within active fire management, where time-sensitive decisions often rely upon incomplete information. Breaking out of the wildfire paradox requires aligning the short-term operational objectives of incident responders with the longer term ecological and management objectives of landscape planning.”

The session is expected to focus on three specific topic areas. Among them, according to the event’s website:

  1. Using risk-based analysis to quantify the potential hazards and benefits of wildfire to the things we care about.
  2. Developing a network of potential fire control opportunities from characteristics identified from historical fire perimeters
  3. Leveraging these control opportunities and risk assessment outcomes to develop response strategies that align fire operations with landscape planning objectives.

To register, click on this link and follow the online registration form. And if you tune in, feel free to share highlights or your thoughts in the comments below.

Author: Jason Pohl

In addition to writing for Wildfire Today, Jason Pohl reports on public safety-related issues for The Arizona Republic and USA TODAY.

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