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Wildland Fire,  Summer 2014


                                                       

Dr Scott Stephens  

Students

Sasha Berleman,  Chris Dow,  Alison Forrestel,  Anu Kramer,  Kate Wilkin 

Research Staff

Danny Fry, Lindsay ChionoStacey Frederick   

Student Association for Fire Ecology        

 

Images: Upper Left: Compartment 400 broadcast burn (Kevin Krasnow).  Lower left: Driptorches on Compartment 340 (Meg Krawchuk).  Both are October 2009 re-burns of the original 2002 Joint Fire Sciences Programs Fire and Fire Surrogate Study prescription fires, Blodgett Forest Research Station, University of California Berkeley. 

 

Recent News

June 28, 2014
Kate Wilkin guided Capital Public Radio reporter, Amy Quinton, through Yosemite National Park's Illilouette Basin to discuss "where fire works" in California. They explored an area where lightning strike fires have been allowed to burn since the 1970s resulting in a restored forest with a rich fire history. The rich fire history demonstrates that once fires are allowed to burn, they are self-limiting. The fires start to fit together like a jig saw puzzle. The past fire prevents a future fire. After a decade or more, past fires no longer limit the extent of other fires, but they often moderate fire severity, or how many trees are killed. The restored forest has quilt-like patches of unique communities and range from open park like forests to shrub lands, dense baby trees, and wetlands all with diverse plants and animals on the forest floor. Learn more at http://www.cafiresci.org/blog/.

Photo credit: Stacey Frederick


June 4, 2014
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer, joined by Stella Cousins from the Battles lab, designed and manned interactive fire-related demonstrations at a NatureBridge Fundraising Gala in San Francisco.

                                   

April 12, 2014
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer, joined by Stella Cousins from the Battles lab and Sibyl Diver from the Carlson lab,  hosted numerous Native American students, family members, and community supporters during Cal Day 2014. Four interactive sessions focused on combustion and fire behavior (with the fire vortex), prescribed fire (with a dress-up station), and methods of studying fire, including dendrochronology (with real fire scars)! Read more here



March 8 - 22, 2014
Anu Kramer attended a prescribed fire training exchange at the Niobrara Valley Preserve near Norden, Nebraska.  During the 2 weeks, almost 3,200 acres were burned by over 100 participants including students from 6 universities, as well as representatives from state and federal agencies, local fire departments, nonprofits, and landowners. 
Ainsworth Star-Journal article Interview about the training



October 20 - November 2, 2013
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer attended a prescribed fire training exchange hosted by the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council in Northern California.  The training spanned 15 burns covering 389 acres near Orick, Arcata, Orleans, Hayfork, and Whiskeytown, CA with 40 participants from across the US and Spain.  Article in Wildfire Today  TV news spot

August 30, 2013 
Scott spoke on KQED's "Forum" about Yosemite's Rim Fire. listen here

 

 

 La Grulla Meadow, Parque Natural Sierra de San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico (Anu Kramer), Summer 2011.

 

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