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Prescribed Fire Webinar Series

The California Fire Science Consortium Presents:

"Controlling fire was the first major technological advance made by early humans. These days, fire is still used as a management tool, but (usually!) under more prescribed conditions than in the Paleolithic. Prescribed fire is carried out in many different countries, by a wide variety of people, under a wide variety of circumstances. It is used on all of the inhabited continents, by trained professional personnel, resource managers, researchers, ranchers and farmers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, and private citizens. Among other things, prescribed fire can maintain or alter ecosystems, create or destroy habitat, promote wildlife populations or livestock populations, control weedy plants or liberate native species, restore ecosystems, and meet important sociocultural needs. And after a century of more of repression, fire use in management is experiencing a renaissance. Taken in sum, there is a huge diversity in prescribed burning purposes, principles, policies, and practices that can serve to incentivize and inform fire use around the world. In this webinar series, we present a survey of prescribed fire from around the globe, focused on seven topic areas: fuel management; rangeland and landscape management; management of production forests; wildlife management; monitoring and datasets; and ecological restoration and cultural fire."


Webinar Schedule

  • February 27, 2024: Worldwide view on prescribed fire. Where are we?

  • April 2, 2024: Preparing for the “big one”: prescribed fire as a strategic fuel reduction tool

  • April 23, 2024: Traditional and long-time use of prescribed fire (Registration coming soon!)

  • Future dates to be announced


Webinar #1: Worldwide view on prescribed fire. Where are we?

February 27, 2024 at 9am PST on Zoom

"In the inaugural seminar of this series, four fire experts will provide an overview of prescribed fire from different viewpoints, disciplines, and regions. They will discuss the role of prescribed fire in ecosystems, connections to culture and community, best practices and performance metrics for evaluating outcomes, and they will speculate on the future of prescribed fire. This overview will provide a foundation for future seminars, each of which will cover these topics in greater depth."

Presented by:

  • Marc Castellnou, Wildland Fire Incident Commander and Fire Analyst, Catalan Fire Service, Spain

  • Paulo M. Fernandes, Associate Professor, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

  • Morgan Varner, Director of Fire Research, Tall Timbers, USA

  • Luisa Alfaro, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, Costa Rica


Webinar #2: Preparing for the "big one": prescribed fire as a strategic fuel reduction tool

April 2, 2024 at 9am PST on Zoom

"Wildfires are becoming bigger and more severe around the world, overwhelming firefighters’ capacity to control them. Prescribed fires can be used to safely introduce fire in the landscape and regulate fire regimes through fuel management and by building landscape resilience. Is this approach working?

This week, four fire experts will discuss how fire and resource managers are using prescribed fire to prevent wildfire spread. They will discuss strategic goals and tactics, tradeoffs between broad landscape resilience and local fuel management, and whether prescribed fire intensities are enough to affect outcomes."

Presented by:

  • Tessa Oliver Manager of the Western Cape Umbrella Fire Protection Association, South Africa.

  • Jorge Andres Saavedra Corporacion Nacional forestal, CONAF, Chile.

  • Marta Miralles, Catalan Fire Service, Spain.


Recordings of the presentations will be available.

The International Prescribed Fire Webinar Series is organized and supported by California Prescribed Fire Monitoring Program, a collaboration between CalFire and the Safford Lab at the University of California-Davis; and the California Fire Science Consortium.


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