International Association of Wildland Fire

3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference
Beyond Fire Behavior and Fuels:
Learning from the Past to Help Guide Us in the Future

October 25-29, 2010  ~  Red Lion Hotel at the Park

Spokane, Washington USA

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Monday – October 25, 2010
Opening Conference Keynote Address

"The Big Blowup"

Dr. Stephen J. Pyne, Arizona State University

Steve Pyne is a Regents professor in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University in Tempe and the author of more than a score of books, most of them on the history of humanity and fire; among them, (  In a previous life he was a member of the North Rim Longshots for 15 seasons at Grand Canyon National Park.


Tuesday – October 26, 2010
Plenary Keynote Presentation

“We Never Saw It Coming”

Dr. Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Karen Cerulo is Department Chair and Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University located in Piscataway, New Jersey (  Her research interests address culture and cognition (with a special emphasis on conceptualization), decision making, technology, social change, and community. Her articles appear in a wide variety of journals and she is the author of several books including Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst (University of Chicago Press). Currently, she edits Sociological Forum, the flagship journal of the Eastern Sociological Society. She has served as the Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Culture Section and the Vice President of the Eastern Sociological Society.


October 27, 2010
Plenary Keynote Presentation I

"Fire in the Southland: The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Prescribed Burning in the Southeastern United States"

Mr. Johnny Stowe, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources 

Johnny Stowe is a Heritage Preserve Manager based at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia, South Carolina. A native of the ridge and valley physiographic region of northwestern Georgia and northeastern Alabama, he first learned about land management from his relatives. Johnny participated in his first prescribed burns when he was about 6 years-old. Johnny obtained his bachelor's degree in Timber Management, and his master's degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Georgia's School of Forest Resources. He has represented his department on the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council since its inception (, helping form this group as well as the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils that is burgeoning across North America.


October 27, 2010
Plenary Keynote Presentation II

"A Cultural History of Fire Across the Wild West "

Dr. James K. Agee, University of Washington

Jim Agee is Professor Emeritus of Forest Ecology at the University of Washington. He taught forest and fire ecology over a 30-year career at UW and his 1993 book, Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests, remains the most widely cited reference in this discipline. Professor Agee has served with The Nature Conservancy and the Washington Natural Heritage Council. He also served on a National Academy of Science committee on non-federal forests and on the Forest Service’s Committee of Scientists. Dr. Agee retired from active teaching at the university in Autumn, 2007. In 2009, he was awarded the Harold Biswell Lifetime Achievement Award in Fire Ecology and Management from the Association for Fire Ecology ( 


October 28, 2010
Plenary Keynote Presentation I

"Historical overview of fire in Southern California "

Mr. Mike Dietrich, USDA Forest Service (retired)

Mike Dietrich, a recent retiree of the U.S. Forest Service, is currently a Deputy Chief – Emergency Operations with the City of La Verne Fire Department in southern California. He was the Forest Fire Management Officer on the San Bernardino National Forest from 1998 to 2009. Prior to 1998, Mike was the FMO for 10 years with the Bureau of Land Management BLM on the Salem District and Siuslaw National Forest. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Montana (1976) and an A.A.S Degree from Paul Smith’s College in NY (1974). Mike is currently a Type I Incident Commander and has participated in incident management since 1987. In addition to fire incidents, he has been involved all-hazard incidents including the Gulf Oil Spill. Space Shuttle Columbia Recovery, floods, and major several hurricanes (Francis in 2004; Katrina and Rita in 2005).


October 28, 2010
Plenary Keynote Presentation II

"Bushfire Management in Australia: Seeking New Gatekeepers "

Mr. Roger Underwood, Bush Fire Front – The Alliance Against Bushfire Damage in Western Australia

Roger Underwood resides in Palmyra, Western Australia (WA). He is currently the Chairman of the Bush Fire Front – The Alliance Against Bushfire Damage in WA ( Roger is by profession an Australian forester whose experience extends from early years as a firefighter through field managerial positions as a district and regional forester, to senior administration and leadership. From 1985-94 he was General Manager of the Department responsible for fire in forests, parks and reserves for Western Australia. Today he is a stern critic of Australian bushfire management, in particular the failure to learn from science and the lessons of history. He is one of Australia’s most outspoken advocates for policy, institutional and systems renewal.


October 28, 2010
Closing Conference Keynote Address

"A Practitioner’s View of the Past, Present, and Future"

Mr. Jim Steele, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation

Jim Steele is presently the Fire Management Officer for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation based out of Ronan, Montana. Jim is a native of New England graduating from the Thompson School at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Montana. He spent six years with the U.S. Forest Service and twenty-seven years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs working in western Montana, central Oregon, and North Idaho. His career has involved silviculture, reforestation, timber sale preparation, contract administration, fuels management, and fire suppression. He retired in 2004 and operated a consulting forestry business from his home until 2010 when he assumed his present position. Jim and his wife Roberta live in Arlee, Montana.



3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference  ~  October 25-29, 2010  ~  Red Lion Hotel at the Park  ~  Spokane, Washington USA