International Association of Wildland Fire

All past webinars have been recorded and may be viewed on the Advanced in Fire Practice webpage.

IAWF Upcoming Webinars

Our May 20, 2015 Webinar is Vortices and Wildland Fire

Scott Goodrick, a research meteorologist with the USDA Forest Service, and Jason Forthofer, a mechanical engineer with the USDA Forest Service, will present a summary of vortices and wildland fire. Vortices are almost always present in the wildland fire environment and can sometimes interact with the fire in unpredictable ways, causing extreme fire behavior and safety concerns. In this presentation, the current state of knowledge of the interaction of wildland fire and vortices is examined and reviewed. A basic introduction to vorticity is given, and the two common vortex forms in wildland fire are analyzed: fire whirls and horizontal roll vortices. Attention is given to mechanisms of formation and growth and how this information can be used by firefighters.

The Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at 2:00-3:00 pm MDT.

Click here to register for the webinar.

IAWF Past Webinars

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Our March 31 Webinar ws Diggin’ Dirt: Fuel Reduction Practices and Their Effects on Soil Health presented by Matt Busse.

Our March 12th Webinar was Spot Fires, presented by Brian Potter.

Our February 26th Webinar was Fire Columns and Plume Dynamics, presented by Brian Potter.

Our February 11, 2015 webinar was Critical Fire Weather Patterns - Western US presented by Paul Werth.

Our February 10, 2015 webinar was Critical Fire Weather Patterns - Eastern US, Canada, and Australia presented by Paul Werth.

our January 27, 2015 webinar was Effect of Complex Terrain on Extreme Fire Behavior
presented by Craig Clements.

Our December 2nd Webinar was The How, What, and Where of Safety Zones: Recent Findings presented by Bret Butler

Our November 18, 2014 Webinar was Estimating Canopy Bulk Density with LiDAR Data presented by Nick Skowronski.

Our July 17, 2014 Webinar was The National Climate Assessment and Wildland Fire Implications. Presented by Tim Brown of the Desert Research Institute.

Our June 10, 2014 Webinar was Fuels and Fire Behavior Data Collected on Wildland Fires by the Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT).

Our May 7, 2014 Webinar was Predicting Local Smoke Dispersion During Low-Intensity Wildland Fires in Forested Environments, presented by Warren Heilman.

Our April 24, 2014 Webinar was Sub-canopy Transport and Dispersion of smoke: A Unique Observation Dataset Plus Model Evaluation of the BlueSky Framework, presented by Tara Strand.

Our March 19, 2014 Webinar was Smoke consequences of new wildfire regimes driven by climate change. presented by Don McKenzie.

Our March 20, 2014 Webinar was What is Exertional Heat Illness, Compartment Syndrome, and Rhabdomyolysis: Is it One, Two, or All Three, and Why Should I Care? The webinar consisted of presentations from a panel consisting of medical and exercise physiology experts, as well as crew leaders and wildland firefighters with experience with these conditions.

Our March 4, 2014 Webinar was Predicting Smoke Impacts with Uncertain Emissions and Meteorology, presented by Talat Odman.

Our February 19, 2014 Webinar was Evaluation and Improvement of Smoke Plume Rise Modelss presented by Yong Liu.

Our February 12, 2014 Webinar was New Superfog Screening Tool - Development and Validation presented by Marko Princevac and Christian Bartolome.

Our January 14, 2014 Webinar was A Dataset for the Evaluation of Smoke Models – Emissions, Plume Rise, and Dispersions presented by Shawn Urbanski.

Our December 12, 2013 Webinar was Validation of Fuel Consumption Models for Smoke Management Planning in the Eastern United States  presented by Roger Ottmar and Susan Prichard.

Our August 20, 2013 Webinar was Fire Management, Fuels, and Climate Change Tipping Points.

Our July 31, 2013 Webinar was Can our forests take the heat? Fire, climate change and tree mortality in the western US. Presented by Phil van Mantgem

Our July 11, 2013 Webinar was The IMAGINE Prescribed Fire Prioritization Model: A Logistical and Ecological Approach to Management presented by Reginald Goolsby.

Our June 13, 2013 Webinar was “Burning in Their Backyards and Having Them Say ‘Thank You,’” presented by Steve “Torch” Miller.

Our May 28, 2013 Webinar was Mobile Technology, Situational Awareness, and Emergency Response: An Example from Queensland, Australia presented by Tom Patterson and Mark Wallace.

Our May 14, 2013 Webinar was "Quantifying Biomass and Fuels for Non-Forest Lands of the Coterminous US" by Dr. Matt Reeves

Our April 30, 2013 Webinar was "After the Smoke Clears: The Use of Wood Mulch to Reduce Post-fire Erosion Risk", presented by Pete Robichaud.

Our April 4, 2013 Webinar was “Exploring fire behavior and wind flows in bark beetle-infested forests and woodlands using HIGRAD/FIRETEC,” presented by Carolyn Seig.  

Our March 20, 2013 Webinar was The Economic Impact of Large Wildfires. Cassandra Moseley presenter.

Our February 27, 2013 Webinar was Debunking Myths in Wildland Fire. Sarah McCaffrey presenter.

Our February 13, 2013 Webinar was Management of Cheatgrass Fuel Loading in the Shrub-Steppe. Steven Link presenter.

Our November 20, 2012 Webinar was Mobile Technologies in Fire and Aviation Management. Presented by Esther Godson of the USFS Missoula Technology and Development Center.

Our October 2, 2012 Webinar was 2012 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey and the Coalition of Prescribe Fire Councils

Our October 18, 2012 Webinar was Introduction to the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System – IFTDSS presented by Stacy Drury.

September 20, 2012 Webinar: Current Research on Public Perceptions of Smoke from Wildland and Prescribed Fire to Inform Communication and Outreach.

Our August 9, 2012 Webinar was Introduction to FlamMap5.

Our July 12, 2012 Webinar: Landscape Treatment Designer: A multicriteria optimization tool for fuel treatment planning was presented by Alan Ager.

Our June 19, 2012 Webinar: Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS): Project Overview and Data Access was presented by Josh Picotte and Jennifer Lecker.

Our June 26, 2012 Webinar: Innovative uses of Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) Data at Grand Canyon National Park was presented by Eric Gdula, a Fire GIS specialist at Grand Canyon National Park.

Our June 7, 2012 Webinar: ArcFuels: An ArcGIS Interface for Fuel Treatment Planning and Wildfire Risk Assessment was presented by Nicole Vaillant.

Our May 17, 2012 Webinar: Wildland Firefighter Heat Illness Awareness and Prevention. Presented by an expert panel.

Our May 3, 2012 Webinar: On the Causes and Movement of Smoke-Induced Fog was presented by Gary L. Achtemeier.

Our April 17, 2012 Webinar: Smoke Management: Preparing and Informing the Public (Lessons from SWA Fire Season 2011) was presented by Emily Irwin and Josh Hall.

Our March 27, 2012 Webinar: Effects of Fuels Treatments on the Spatial Probabilities of Burning and Final Size of Recent Wildfires across the United States was presented by Mark Cochran.

Our February 21, 2012 Webinar: Learning from Prescribed Fire Reviews: Initial Results was presented by Anne. Black.

Our January 26, 2012 Webinar: Hot off the Press: The Latest Researchfrom the Joint Fire Science Program was presented by Molly Hunter.

Our January 10, 2012 webinar: Human Performance and Risk Management was presented by Ivan Pupulidy.

Our December 13, 2011 webinar: Introduction to WFDSS-Air Quality Tools was presented by Miriam Rorig, a research meteorologist with the AirFire Team.

Our November 30, 2011 webinar: Using fire as a restoration tool: A case study in the Gila National Forest was presented by Dr. Molly Hunter.

Our October 25, 2011 webinar: Human & Organizational Performance: Folklore & Science was presented by James Saveland.

Our September 27, 2011 webinar: "The 'pyrogeography' of western North America: How climate has affected fire regimes across the West, and where it may be going in the future" was presented by Peter Brown.

Our August 25, 2011 webinar: "US biomass and bioenergy policy: Where are we and where might we be going?" was presented by Chris Farley.

Our July 12, 2011 webinar: "Mountain pine beetle and fire: The British Columbia experience" was presented by Dana Hicks.

Our June 28, 2011 webinar: "Emissions, Energy Returns and Economics of Utilizing Forest Residues for Thermal Energy Compared to Disposal by Pile Burning" was presented by Greg Jones, a research forester with the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Our May 26, 2011 webinar: "Simulating vegetation, fire, and climate dynamics in the northern Rocky Mountain landscape" was presented by Robert Keane.

Our May 3, 2011 webinar: "Fire, Carbon, and Climate: Past and Future" was presented by Michael Ryan, a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Our April 19, 2011 webinar: "Using climate information for risk mitigation and objective achievement in managed fire" was presented by Crystal Kolden, assistant research professor with the University of Idaho.

Our November 9, 2010 webinar: "Climate Change and Stress Complexes of Forests of Western North America" presented by Dave Peterson and Christie McNeillis available online. 

Our October 19, 2010 webinar: "Climate Change and Fire Projections in the West: Why the Science Should Matter to Managers" archive is available online. 

Our September 21, 2010 webinar: "Using Climate and Climate Change Information for Fire Management" archive is available online. 

Our June 30, 2009 webinar: "Prepare, Stay and Defend, or Go Early: International Perspectives" was a huge success.

Our April 22, 2010 archives for the webinar: "Climate Change and Land/Fire Management" can be found here: