Campaign: Future #3 – Resilient Landscapes

Adaptive Management

The lack of active management of our federal resources has led to continued overstocked stands with excessive rule loadings. This has exacerbated the problem due to loss of forest infrastructure as a cost effective means of addressing the issue while providing economic and employment opportunities for rural communities

Submitted by (@jim.erickson)

What changes to strategy, organizational structure, capabilities, & infrastructure would be needed? :

Nothing, we are already on this track.

What information could help mitigate the risks presented by this future? :

Public awareness of the connectivity of humans to their environment, similar to the Native American culture. People need to better understand the natural role of humans manipulating their environment in a way that is sustainable for generations. Awareness of the natural role of fire in these dynamic ecosystems

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Campaign: Evolving Risk in Public and Firefighter Safety

The Insurance Industry Should Help Reduce WUI Wildfire Losses

While most insurance policies cover losses from wildfires, the insurance industry could do a lot more to reduce the losses and costs from wildfires - much like they do for flooding or hurricanes. For example, they could require or give discounts for mitigating hazards and using "Firewise" practices; give discounts for using fire proof materials in construction or remodeling, especially roofing; and conduct periodic ...more »

Submitted by (@gamlam1107)

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Campaign: "Wild Card" Issues

Communicating the science behind fuel treatment efficacy

Calkin etal, 2014 PNAS state: Low-elevation forests are amenable to treatments that supplement the ecological dependency on fire and also mitigate effects and spread of wildfires under extreme conditions. Fires in grasslands, shrub lands and high elevation forests do not offer mitigation opportunities that align easily with ecological requirements. With such vegetation imposed constraints on landscape management, ...more »

Submitted by (@hhaynes)

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Campaign: Evolving Risk in Public and Firefighter Safety

Prevent Scope Creep in Wildland operations when WUI becomes involved

Increasingly, Wildland firefighters find themselves in the midst of dynamic environments in the WUI assigned to tasks that they have not trained for. Type 1 IC's even recently commented at the WUI summit that "we now have type 1 crews cutting decks off of burning houses and running bulldozers through backyards" to do structure protection. IC's must have the courage and integrity to avoid assigning resources where they ...more »

Submitted by (@r1elliot)

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Campaign: Changing Climatic Conditions Effects on Landscapes

Landscape Heterogeneity

What should be avoided is creating large patches of homogenous forest structure simply to affect fire behavior. The attractiveness of mechanical treatments followed by burn treatments as a rapid means of achieving forest restoration goals is tempered somewhat by tradeoffs in effects, as the combination treatment tends to increase cover of exotics and decrease cover of coarse woody debris, which offers key habitat for ...more »

Submitted by (@egarza)

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Campaign: Technology and Program Infrastructure

Digital Spray Hose System

I am developing a spray hose system that has ball valves every 200 meters. These valves allow for enabling a water curtain in selected segments of a long hose lay. Each ball valve is operated by a digital network that runs on a wire pair embedded in the hoses. The spacing could be much more than 200 meters. The hose with embedded wire already exists from All American Hose. The Dir of Engineering at Hale Products has ...more »

Submitted by (@steve.shoap)

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Campaign: Future #1: Hot, Dry, and Out of Control

How did we get to hot, dry, out of control future?

- I think the trends of decreasing fuels treatments, decreasing fire suppression budgets, limited funding for adequate fire safety training and employee development, more homes in the WUI, and potential climate change led to this future.

- More uncoordinated private "fire protection" through insurance companies will add to firefighter risk and injury.

Submitted by (@karenmiranda)

What information could help mitigate the risks presented by this future? :

- Accurate, credible models of what happens to fire activity and suppression costs as fuels treatments decline; and alternately, how investing in fuels treatments in specific areas would reduce fire behavior and decrease suppression risk and cost.

- Credible economic insurance models to determine what fire prevention/suppression costs or insurance costs should be borne by those benefiting: property owners, business owners on public lands, etc.

What information could help capitalize on opportunities presented by this future? :

- Business data on profits accrued/investment gains by public land users or property owners adjacent to public lands.

-Examining models from other countries on sharing fire prevention/ suppression responsibility and costs.

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Campaign: Technology and Program Infrastructure

Improved Data and Communication

One major hurdle that continues to exist in fire management is communication. We currently use radios to relay information, which relies on an accurate interpretation and a precise communication of a situation by a viewer as well as a clear understanding of that communication by the listener. Hopefully in the future, we can use devices that deliver real-time data about an environment directly to the fire management teams ...more »

Submitted by (@town83)

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Campaign: Technology and Program Infrastructure

Tech Transfer

We need to come up with a practical system of tech transfer from the federal research arena to our folks on the ground inside the fed and out (state, private, local government)

Submitted by (@jim.brenner)

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Campaign: Future #1: Hot, Dry, and Out of Control

Global Climate Shift, Fuels, and Humans

The trend has been a gradual shift or multiple variables gradually changing over time, but the climate and what we view in our surroundings work like a balanced beam. Everything in the natural world is a balance that is counteracted by something else. Because humans are such powerful and advanced organisms we are able to change that balance more drastically than any other organism. Once the balance starts to go one direction ...more »

Submitted by (@wmccrady)

What information could help mitigate the risks presented by this future? :

More information on how the climate is changing and better publication of that data. There should never be an argument that the scientific community as a whole is wrong, that is a ridiculous notion with no basis in reality.

Better development and use of already existing technology that can be used to improve safety and efficiency of fire suppression.

Politicians, law makers, and the public will listen to public servants and firefighters, so we need to know what we are talking about.

What information could help capitalize on opportunities presented by this future? :

A change in temperature is not scary or enough motivation to make people change their activities. But the change in extreme weather events, climate events, and wildfire is enough to get their attention. We can use the facts to show what has changed and what will change so that the public will have an interest in changing as well.

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Campaign: Future #3 – Resilient Landscapes

"Climate Change"

A 25 year drought cycle started in 1996. If this cycle continues as predicted, a 25 year "wet cycle" should start in 2021. This in itself will result in fewer "mega-fires". What this means for fire agencies is, the time to take advantage of current "teachable moments" from the historical fires of 2011 will start diminishing. As the climate starts to abate during the anticipated "wet cycle", it will become increasingly ...more »

Submitted by (@lmcneely)

What changes to strategy, organizational structure, capabilities, & infrastructure would be needed? :

Fire agencies should capitalize to the fullest extent the current memories of historic fire activity-especially the 2011 fire season, and begin mitigation planning, CWPP's, etc. now.

What information could help mitigate the risks presented by this future? :

"At Risk" communities should be prioritied, and those most "at risk" should initiate their mitigation activites as soon as possible. Whether a "wet cycle" materializes or not, this is still the best course of action.

What information could help capitalize on opportunities presented by this future? :

Once a "wet cycle" has been in place long enough for documentation, agencies could look at shifting emphasis from "response" to "mitigation", and take advantage of the "wet cycle" to implement as many mitigation projects as possible to prepare for the next "drought cycle".

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Campaign: Evolving Risk in Public and Firefighter Safety

Fire Protection from the House out, rather than from the Wildland in

Research has clearly demonstrated that the most effective way to protect lives, property, and the natural environment from wildland fire is to focus directly on making communities more fire safe rather than spending millions of dollars clearing habitat far from assets at risk. This provides for long-term solutions rather than endlessly trying to modify the natural environment. Fuel treatments can provide some benefit, ...more »

Submitted by (@richardw.halsey)

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