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Janean H. Creighton, Administrative Director
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Northwest Fire Science Consortium
June 2022 Newsletter

Happy Summer from NWFSC

Below is our most recent roundup of new pubs, events, resources, and news.  We hope that your summers are all starting out well, and that you enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend if you are able to. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
Viewing a 30-year old prescribed fire project, ready for its next burn this fall in the forests outside of Wenatchee, WA in June 2022. Photo courtesy of Autumn Ellison.
Recent publications:

New journal articles:

  • Key findings:
    • The 2020 Labor Day Fires were much larger and more severe than others in the recent record, but they were remarkably consistent with many historical fires. Strong east winds and dry conditions are the common denominators in both large historical fires of the past and the 2020 fires.  
    • Forest management and fuel treatments are unlikely to influence fire severity in the most extreme wind-driven fires, like the 2020 Labor Day Fires. Pre-fire forest structure, largely the result of previous forest management activities, had little effect on burn severity when east winds were strong during the 2020 fires. 
    • Fuel treatments around homes and infrastructure may still be beneficial under low and moderate fire-weather conditions. 
    • Adaptation strategies for similar fires in the future in west-side communities might, instead, focus on ignition prevention, fire suppression, and community preparedness. 
Issue papers, guides, reports:    
Published an article? Send it to us!

Webinars, Podcasts, & Videos:
During the week of June 20th, we were up in Wenatchee, WA for the WA Prescribed Fire Council's annual tour and meeting. We saw lots of great prescribed fire projects in landscapes with diverse ownership. It was a great way to start the summer, and meet so many passionate partners! 

Conferences, lectures, workshops, and summits:
In the News:
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