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Boise, Idaho
April 15-19, 2024


The workshops will take place on Monday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 17, at the 7th  International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Boise, Idaho. The cost to participate is $15 for 2 hour workshops and $25 for 4+ hour workshops. Before you register, please review the draft program schedule below. Many activities are schedule simultaneously, so you will need to select based on the timing. 

Monday Workshops


Gathering User Input for Long-term Fire Weather Outlooks
Samantha Kramer, Sonoma Technology Inc. and Brian Potter, Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service

Pre-planning efforts improve resource allocation and communications when weather and fuel conditions create high risk for wildfire. Forecasters rely on fire weather metrics to predict where and when weather conditions have the potential to exacerbate management efforts. These metrics are limited by the forecast length (typically 7-14 days), accuracy, and reliability. Extended forecasts (32-45 days) are now available from the United Forecast System (UFS) and Subseasonal Experiment (SubX), but are untested for fire-weather decision support. Subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) forecasts will allow wildland fire managers to (1) better plan for dangerous conditions, (2) better allocate resources, and (3) improve communication of upcoming risks to local communities. The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has funded a project to examine the predictability of fire weather up to 45 days into the future. The results of the project will help National Predictive Services with their monthly outlooks, and may be of use to Long Term Analysts (LTANs). Success of the project depends strongly on guidance from operational users – what measure they want included, what they currently use, what gaps exist in their toolkit for 30-45 day outlooks. Project staff are hosting a forum for input at the 7th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference. After a brief outline of the project goals, participants will be invited to share their thoughts and ideas in a semi-structured conversation. While the primary goal of the forum is gaining user input, anyone is welcome to attend and participate.

Communicating the shift in wildland firefighting: Reframing our communication practices to match the effective wildland fire management.
Joel Iverson, PhD, University of Montana; Steven Venette, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi; Sylvie Coston, Research Assistant, University of Montana; Jane Darnell, Consultant (retired USDA Forest Service)

As the Cohesive Strategy Addendum and other documents such as the USDA Forest Service Wildfire Crisis Strategy call for more fire on the landscape and a shift in approaches to fire, many of the current communication practices also need to shift for those who are internal and external to the wildland fire system. This workshop will present communication research around risk and crisis communication as it relates to wildland fire. Workshop participants will engage in the best practices of communication around framing, developing messages and shifting their interactions to improve understanding and alignment of wildland fire management.


Wildland Fire Systems Mapping
Matt Thompson, Pyrologix; Tony Cheng, Director, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute; Jim Menakis, Branch Chief for Fire Ecology, USDA Forest Service

The National Wildfire Commission report identifies a need for “systems and structures that are more comprehensive and better address the interrelationships” across domains and management phases. Similarly, the Cohesive Strategy Addendum Update states that “the wildland fire management system needs a systems analysis and a holistic approach.” In this workshop we aim to foster discussion of systems approaches that identify connected, reinforcing actions that exert leverage on different points of the system to enact change. Potential discussion points could include pressures, performance measures, connections across response, landscapes, and communities, and the role of proactive fire.

Proactive near real-time data science for avoiding climate- disasters. The linking of fire-fuels-human behavior for actionable, proactive outcomes.
Josh Wilkins and David Green, other tbd

Wildfires are becoming increasingly destructive and costly across the United States. To enhance wildfire preparedness and response, there is a growing need to leverage real-time data and intelligence. However, integrating real-time intelligence into current wildfire operations presents a variety of challenges. This interactive workshop will bring together wildfire professionals from diverse backgrounds to discuss obstacles and solutions for effectively incorporating real-time data into mitigation, suppression, public information and modeling efforts. Participants will share their experiences and perspectives working within federal, state, and local agencies, private companies, and research institutions.

Wednesday Workshops

Development and availability of spatial burn severity data through the USGS/USFS Burn Severity Portal
Kurtis Nelson, Physical Scientist, USGS; Marcus Haselhoff, GIS Analyst, USGS EROS contractor

The US Geological Survey and US Forest Service have co-developed spatial burn severity data depicting post-fire landscape conditions for more than 20 years. The team currently develops products for nine different post-fire programs, with Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity, Burned Area Emergency Response, and Rapid Assessment of Vegetation Condition After Wildfire being the most widely used. Each of these products have been tailored to best match environmental conditions, available information, and management applications. All of these data are now available from a single location, the Burn Severity Portal. Using the BSP, one can view fire product information, directly download fire extent and severity products, and use the interactive viewer to view and download fire products using a web browser. During this workshop we will provide an overview of the development process for each of the nine products, the characteristics of each product, and demonstrate how to utilize the BSP to access product information and download product data. Additional tools available for data creation, analysis, and access will also be discussed and demonstrated.

Decolonial Community-led Forest Fire Research Methodology
Ranjan Datta, Mount Royal University and Colleen Charles, Indigenous Elder

This workshop presents an overview of a workshop on decolonial research methodology, which aims to challenge dominant Western-centric research paradigms and foster inclusive knowledge production. In the context of ongoing efforts to address the legacies of colonialism, this workshop offers a platform for researchers and scholars to examine and reimagine the research process critically. Central to the workshop is a focus on decolonizing research ethics and ensuring the respectful engagement of Indigenous and other minority communities and their voices. Discussions will encompass ethical considerations, community-based research approaches, and the co-creation of knowledge. In this workshop, we will ask who we are as researchers and who we need to be in transforming our research and ourselves into our lifelong responsibility. We will also explore alternative data collection and analysis methods, embracing participatory action research, oral histories, and storytelling as avenues for centering Indigenous and community perspectives. The workshop will create a safe and inclusive space, encouraging critical thinking, open dialogue, and networking among participants. We will be equipped with a deeper understanding of decolonial research methodology. We will have gained practical insights to implement in our own research practices. They will also be provided with a curated list of resources and further reading to continue our exploration beyond the workshop, contributing to the ongoing decolonization of knowledge production.

The Interagency Ecosystem Lidar Monitoring Program (IntELiMon): Working with managers to improve fuels, ecology and forestry monitoring using lidar

Scott Pokswinski, New Mexico Consortium

Kurtis Nelson, Physical Scientist, US Geological Survey

Emily Link, Fire Ecologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Leta Douglas, Forestry Technician, US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Interagency Ecolosystem Lidar Monitoring Program (IntELiMon) aims to remove inherent limitations of most existing ecological, forestry and fuels monitoring programs by streamlining data collection, analysis and data delivery, removing observer bias, and developing training pathways that promote an efficient sustainable monitoring program. The result is a TLS-based monitoring program that can, after training data is collected, complete a monitoring plot in under 4 minutes with a push of a button. This data can then be uploaded for processing and data delivery to EROS and displayed in under 24 hours. New pathways of co-production (managers working together with researchers to optimize tool building) have led to the development of Innovation Landscapes with the goal of improving user experience and applicability of newly developed planning tools.  Integration of IntELiMon data with other fire science data and tools, including LANDFIRE, QuicFire, and FastFuels, is currently being explored.  At this workshop, we will present the newly developed IntELiMon program from training to data delivery/integration and consult with managers and researchers on how they would improve the tools, whether that be newly requested features, improved user interfaces, data delivery improvements, or other suggested integrations.

Questions, please contact Mikel Robinson at or (406) 625-7059