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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Post Conference Tours – Friday, October 29, 2010

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The Great 1910 Fire of Idaho and Montana Self Guided Auto Tour to Historic Sites
Tour books will be available at the conference. For more information about the 100 Year Commemoration of 1910 Fires: visit


Spokane Fire Department
44 W. Riverside Avenue, Spokane, WA
Join a 45 minute tour of the Field House, Burn Building and the Training Administrative Building. The tour is free of charge however Space is limited to 12-15 persons per tour, so advance sign up is required. Three tours will be offered: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

The Field House, a 26,126 square foot, 5 story tall Fire Department facility is entirely enclosed and provides space for training all year, regardless of the weather. The building is designed to simulate nearly every conceivable type of multi-story configuration that crews will run across in the field and allows the firefighter experience to be safe and controlled. The building provides both fixed and flexible floor configurations, as well as areas for room by room search and rescue, confined space rescue, technical rescue, hose and ladder evolutions, roof cutting, rappelling, new equipment training and apparatus training (apparatus exhaust is safely captured from floor-mounted devices). The field house alone provides more opportunity for various types of training activities to be conducted concurrently with the other facilities on site, such as the live fire burn building, hazardous materials props, and the maintenance shop for scheduled preventative maintenance.

The Burn Building is a Class A, 3 story multi-functional building capable of simulating a commercial, residential or below-surface fire. The building includes maze capabilities throughout the lower floors and multiple roof props accessible from the 3rd floor. There are also standpipe and sprinkler props accessible from the exterior of the building. The building's capabilities are surpassed by its extreme safety measures which include a command room from which temperature and conditions can be monitored electronically.

The Spokane Fire Department's Training Center is a 16,207 square foot building serving multiple roles. The building houses the Spokane Fire Department's training staff, Homeland Security and the SFD's "Channel 95" Broadcasting Studio and Audio/Visual Technical Services. The building not only has offices and library space, but also houses five live interactive distance learning classrooms able to accommodate nearly 360 students, two edit bays, a television control room, an audio booth and a television studio. This building also serves as the Spokane City/County EOC during major emergencies providing greatly improved capabilities for Spokane's growing area.

Additional Props:
Urban Search and Rescue – shoring, cutting, breaking and search
Confined space tunnels
Driver training skill course
Rail Cars and MC 306 gasoline truck tanker– Hazmat operations


White’s Boots Factory Tour
4002 East Ferry, Spokane, WA

This tour encompasses the entire process from materials receiving, through the manufacturing process, and finally shipping the finished product to local and international wildland fire equipment distributors. Specific areas of interest are usually the rebuilding area and the White's boot building department, these areas demonstrate the amount of time and handwork that goes into every pair of White's Boots. The tour is free of charge however space is limited to 10 persons per tour, so advance sign up is required. Two tours will be offered: 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Note: If you show your Red Card you will receive a 20% discount on a new pair of boots.


Self guided bicycle tour to the Spokane River Centennial Trail and the Northern Idaho Centennial Trail

The North Idaho Centennial Trail is a NON-MOTORIZED, multi-use recreational trail, which meanders for 24 miles from the state line at the Idaho/Washington border to beautiful Higgens Point, six miles east of Coeur d'Alene. This scenic trail runs along the Spokane River to Post Falls where it runs through neighborhoods and eventually to wooded areas leading to Coeur d'Alene. At the west end of Coeur d'Alene the trail again meets the Spokane River and follows it to the pristine Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The trail then follows the lake shoreline to Higgens Point, an Idaho State Park, which draws throngs of spectators in the late fall and early winter to view the annual visit of Bald Eagles as they migrate south. This scenic trail is composed primarily of Class I separated and paved trail with some small segments of Class II trail.

The trail has numerous rest areas, scenic views and historical interpretative signs to add to the enjoyment of one of the most beautiful trail systems in the country. The trail, which was built by dedicated public funds, has received national acclaim; being designated a Millennium Trail by Hillary Clinton in 1999.

The Prairie Trail
Paved in the summer of 2008, the Prairie Trail is the newest addition to the North Idaho Centennial Trail System.  The 4 mile spur follows the old Union Pacific railroad from it's intersection with the Centennial Trail at the Seltice Way/ I-90 bridges northwest to Huetter Rd.  Along the way the Prairie Trail connects over 6 neighborhoods, 6 schools, and the Kroc Community Center to the Centennial Trail and the Coeur d'Alene downtown corridor.  The trail itself is 16 feet wide, 4 feet wider than the original trail.   

The Centennial Trail System
The North Idaho Centennial Trail continues across the Washington border as the Spokane River Centennial Trail.  Under separate jurisdiction the Spokane River Centennial Trail continues for 37 miles through Spokane west to 9 Mile.  In total the two trails combined provide over 60 miles of continuous trail for safe recreation and alternative transportation. 

The North Idaho Centennial Trail System offers accessibility to walkers, runners, and cyclists of all ages and abilities.


Tour of the Spokane Indian Reservation Fuels and Silvicultural Treatment Areas

This tour is free of charge, more information to follow.

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