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Mikel Robinson
Executive Director

International Association of Wildland Fire
1418 Washburn Street
Missoula, Montana 59801 USA

(01) (406) 531-8264
Toll Free from US & Canada:
(888) 440-IAWF (4293)



Pre-Conference Workshops

The workshops will take place on Monday, November 14, the day preceding the 2nd International Smoke Symposium in Long Beach, California.  The workshops will be live streamed and included in the Virtual Conference.

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire, smoke management, public health, and air quality management to discuss and exchange interests on a defined topic.  We view these workshops as an opportunity for Technology Transfer - the process to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users who can then further develop and exploit them.

There will be a nominal registration fee for participants; this fee will cover the cost of the meeting rooms, refreshments and audio visual equipment. (Instructors will not be required to pay the fee).

Workshops with less than the minimum registration may be cancelled at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Full Day Workshops

Workshop #1: Developing Strategies for Prescribed Fire under new US Ozone and PM Standards and Exceptional Event and Regional Haze Rules using recently developed DEASCO3 and PMDETAIL tools

Instructors: Doug Fox, Cindy Huber, Allen Riebau, Nine Points South Technical Pty, Ltd and Thomas Moore, WESTAR, Pete Lahm, USFS, Mark Fitch, NPS.

This workshop will develop (1) understanding what the new federal rules and standards mean, (2) how they will be implemented, (3) how implementation may impact the practice of prescribed fire, and (4) what strategies may be necessary for prescribed fire managers to adopt to comply with the new rules and standards.  A section of the workshop will be devoted to understanding how fire emissions contribute to ambient PN and ozone concentrations, and what prescribed fire managers might do to mitigate and/or assess fire’s contributions.  A large part of the workshop will be to demonstrate newly developed fire assessment tools (DEASCO3 and PMDETAIL  https://www.wraptools.org/ ); this will involve “hands on” experience with assessing prescribed fire impacts to ozone and PM concentrations in several regions of the USA.

Workshop #2: NASA ARSET Training on Application of Satellite Remote Sensing Data for Fire and Smoke Monitoring

Instructors: Pawan Gupta, PhD , GESTAR/USRA, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Cindy Schmidt, PhD, Associate Program Manager, Applied Sciences Ecoforecasting Program, ARSET Land Management team lead, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, NASA Ames Research Center

NASA ARSET (Applied Remote Sensing Training Program) will be providing a day long hands-on training focusing on applications of satellite data for fire and smoke detection and monitoring.
The training will detail the application of NASA resources to decision-making activities as they relate to air quality forecasting, smoke/fire and PM2.5 monitoring, image interpretation, and data access for inclusion in modeling efforts. Specific data products and tools will include aerosol data from MODIS, OMI, VIIRS and CALIPSO as well as the associated online tools for visualizing and acquiring aerosols and trace gas data. Additional demonstrations and exercises will include wildfire monitoring using the Fire Information for Resource Management Systems (FIRMS) web fire mapper and the VIIRS Active Fire webmap.  An air quality case study will conclude the training as participants will incorporate all data portals, visualization tools and data relevant to properly identify, track and measure air quality events of their choosing and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the data products.

Half Day Workshops

Workshop #3: Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT)—An Application for Wildland Fuel and Fire Management Planning

Instructors: Roger Ottmar, Research Forester, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, US Forest Service and Susan Prichard, Research Scientist, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington

The Fire and Environmental Research Applications team (FERA) of the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory has developed the Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT) application.  FFT has integrated a suite of five fuel and fire management products that will be demonstrated at this workshop.  The suite of tools includes the Fuel Characteristics Classification System (FCCS), Digital Photo Series, Consume, piled fuel biomass and emissions calculator, and the Fire Emissions Production Simulator (FEPS).
The FFT allow users to build and characterize fuel beds, assess potential fire hazard and surface fire behavior, and estimate the amount of fuel consumed and emissions produced if burned during a wildland fire.  The workshop will provide background information on individual tools and demonstrate how to use FFT through several exercise.

Workshop #4: Update on US Forest Service Smoke Management Tools

Instructors: Sim Larkin, USDA Forest Service, AirFire Team, Susan O’Neill, USDA Forest Service, AirFire Team, and Miriam Rorig, USDA Forest Service, AirFire Team.

In the three years since the last International Smoke Symposium, the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Northwest Research Station (AirFire Team) has made improvements to existing tools, and developed new tools, to assist land managers and federal, state, and local air quality and health agencies in managing smoke and other pollutants from wildland fire.  We have compiled many of these tools into a new website, www.tools.airfire.org. These include:

  • The BlueSky daily output viewer – the window into daily smoke forecasts
  • Access to all PM2.5 monitoring sites, both permanent and temporary
  • A new BlueSky Playground interface (“do-it-yourself” smoke modeling)
  • A new smoke trajectory interface

An emphasis of the class will be on hands-on exercises and discussion with the users on how to use the tools for their particular region or forest and particular concerns. This is also an opportunity for Air Resource Advisors to update their smoke modeling tools and information skillset since every year brings changes and improvements to these systems. In addition, we will present changes that have been made to the underlying models in Bluesky that improve the land managers ability to predict future smoke effects from existing fires, and provide better data for past events that may be required for Exceptional Events documentation and other regulatory needs. We will discuss improvements to the SmartFire2 fire detection system, which uses remote sensing and other satellite products to estimate the size and location of fires needed for smoke dispersion models.  We will explain how these tools and information/data they provide are used by Air Resource Advisors, to develop health-related public messaging related to smoke.

If you have any questions please contact Mikel Robinson at execdir@iawfonline.org or (406) 531-8264.

Presented by
 International Association of Wildland Fire &
In conjunction with National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Smoke Committee (SmoC)



Presented by

International Association of Wildland Fire

In Conjunction with

National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Smoke Committee (SmoC)


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