Issue #72 February News đŸ”„ Risk-based analytics, state rx fire certification, land use planning thoughts from the public, and more…

Issue #72 February News đŸ”„ Risk-based analytics, state rx fire certification, land use planning thoughts from the public, and more…


Southern Oregon’s Douglas Complex Fire, July 2013 Photo: Marvin Vetter/Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Researchers to Help Land Managers Use a Risk-Analysis Approach to the New Wildfire Reality

Science is at the very core of CS. This research and the tools it produced will help land managers make risk-based decisions informed by solid analytics, and is a direct result of the US Forest Service implementing the Cohesive Strategy.

risk-based decisions based on solid analytics, and is a direct result of the US Forest Service pushing for better ways to approach three goals of the Cohesive Strategy.

“It’s time we step up to the plate with risk-analysis analytics and computing power to complement the experiential knowledge of our fire management service,” Dunn said. “As partners, scientists, managers, and communities, we can work together to determine how to best interact with fires now and into the future.”
~ Author Chris Dunn – Oregon State University.

Utility Turned Disaster Into a Road Map for Climate Change

San Diego Gas & Electric was ahead of the curve when it began strengthening its wildfire prediction and electricity distribution systems a decade ago. The company is viewed as a model for how utilities as far-flung as Australia can prepare for the worst impacts of climate change.

Welcome to The Pyrocene: Winter Isn’t Coming

Humanity’s fire practices are creating the fire equivalent of an ice age. For a deep dive into how we got here, take a look at this recorded webinar from the Northwest Fire Science Consortium featuring fire historian Steven Pyne.

Development of California State Burn Boss and Burn Plan Certification for the Private Burner

This video reviews an excellent model for states looking to develop prescribed fire certification programs.

After the Fire: Perceptions of Land Use Planning to Reduce Wildfire Risk in Eight Communities Across the United States 

New research with lots of useful insight into what makes people tick when it comes to regulation, including eye-opening quotes from research participants.

“Some of these concerns were those we expected to find…However, there were other important factors as well, including staff perceptions of planning and regulatory tools, the adaptability of these tools, and other policy concerns (housing stress, economic growth). These deliberations, in both nonmetro and metro sites, were nuanced and extended beyond the narrative of rural residents resisting all land use planning as a matter of principle, due to self-interest and/or property rights.”
~ Authors 

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