4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference
At the Crossroads: Looking Toward the Future in a Changing Environment
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
February 18 -22, 2013
St. Petersburg, Russia
July 1 - 4, 2013
Two field trips will be offered at the 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Space is limited on both trips so register early to reserve you space. Registration Open Now!
1) Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune
Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm (Trip departs and returns to the Raleigh Convention Center)
Space is limited, open to 50 people on a first come, first serve basis.
Cost: $65/person, includes lunch and refreshments
The first stop will be an organic soil discussion led by Jim Reardon. This stop is at the site of a successful prescribed burn of pocosin fuels on organic soil. This burn resulted in high surface fuel consumption with no significant soil consumption or residual smoldering. Fire management of sites with organic soils is a serious challenge due to the effects on flora and fauna habitat and to the emissions that can affect public health and serve as a contributing factor for super-fog events in smoke sensitive areas miles downwind . Our onsite discussion will focus on current research to develop and field test a model to estimate smoldering potential and the use of new remote site monitoring tools.
The second stop of the field trip will be weather dependent with a stop at a prescribed burn being conducted by Danny Becker's staff. We will hear about fire management on Lejune from Danny and Gary Achtemeier will discuss smoke management and new smoke tools. Option 2 - In the event it is too wet to conduct a prescribed fire, Susan Cohen (Research coordinator for Lejune) and Danny will have another location where we will hear about fire management on Lejune.
The third stop of the field trip will be the fuel mastication site. Norm Christensen and Karsten Baumann will talk about longleaf ecosystem restoration and smoke. We also hope to have a couple of individuals at this stop to discuss the Rabbit Rules for smoke and super fog, and the tools they use on Eglin AFB where they burn over 100,000 acres/year.
2) NCSU Textile Protection and Comfort Center T-PACC!
This field trip will take you to the North Carolina State University College of Textiles, T-PACC to examine the equipment and methodology involved in the development and testing of PPE. You will see firsthand the infrastructure, equipment and personnel that investigates all aspects of protection and comfort of clothing. T-PACC has unique scientific abilities that permit evaluations of comfort and protection from fabric swatch level all the way to full ensemble systems.
T-PACC, is a world leader in development of laboratory based instrumented systems, has facilities devoted to analysis of heat and flame protection, chemical resistance, and comfort performance. You will see demonstrated PyroMan™ - a fully instrumented, life-sized manikin used to evaluate the performance of thermally protective clothing, housed in a large fire test chamber. Also, you will see comfort performance testing using "Sweatman", and other textile performance tools, that test complex interactions between fabric and garment design, climate, physiological, and psychological variables that define comfort and performance, the two most important qualities influencing product acceptance by the end user.
Dates: Monday, February 18 and Friday, February 22, 2013
Trips depart and return to the Raleigh Convention Center.
Monday, February 18
Trip 1: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Trip 2: 1:00 -3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 22
Trip 3: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Trip 4: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Capacity: 20 seats available for each trip on first come, first serve basis
Cost: $5/person to help pay for the transportation