Prescribed fire is an important ecological tool; wildfires are a force of nature. Prescribed burn managers must conduct prescribed fires in a safe, responsible, and efficient manner while achieving their desired management objectives. There is a great deal of training available to prescribed burn managers and wildland firefighters. Training, combined with plenty of firsthand experience and the ability to continue to learn, leads to success on the fireline.
The number of days burn managers can place fire on the landscape, often referred to as the "burn window," is limited annually to a few weeks in the spring and fall. Brad will discuss preparation, planning, and managing the burn season to maximize effectiveness.
Every burn program has its own unique set of limitations from staffing, equipment, smoke management concerns, regulatory issues, natural resource impacts, or public safety. These limitations will be identified, evaluated, and discussed so the burn manager can determine if the frequency and intensity of prescribed fire will achieve management objectives.
When jumps, escapes, mishaps, and close calls occur, what can we learn, and what are we willing to share with others? Brad will share "lessons learned" from 25 years experience involving over 500 prescribed fires. Not surprisingly, when closely examining each unplanned event, some "familiar" themes appear. Factors such as: Complacency and overconfidence, site not properly scouted, weather becoming hotter and dryer, and frequent spot fires, have lead to most of the problems Brad has encountered during prescribed fire.
How can we be better prepared for problems on the fireline? What practices and procedure should be in place before a situation arises? Most importantly, can we learn from others mistakes? Come ready to hear Brad's experiences and share your own in this in-depth presentation and informal discussion.