Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Newsletter  |  May 2012  |  Issue 6

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Raven Lake. Photo by P. Higuera

Tundra Burning in Alaska: Rare event or harbinger of climate change?

Webinar: May 24, 2012  1-2 pm AKDT

Dr. Philip Higuera will be presenting results from past and ongoing research focused on understanding the causes and consequences of tundra burning in the past, present, and future. This talk will integrate several lines of work, including reconstructing tundra fire history in the recent and distant past (2000-14,000 yr), quantifying relationships among modern climate, vegetation, and tundra burning, and anticipating future tundra burning given future climate scenarios.

Register Here  |  More Information

Alaska Wildfire Smoke Forecasts

The UAFSMOKE Group would like to work with you on improving the Alaska Wildfire Smoke Forecasts. Researchers have developed a state-of-the-art forecast by joining models for fire-emissions and fire-plume-rise into a numerical weather prediction system. This experimental system can forecast the atmospheric dispersion of smoke from wildfires. Forecasts for up to 72 hours are updated daily and can highlight specific variables such as PM (particulate matter) 2.5, PM 10, and black carbon.

Need a smoke forecast for a wildfire or prescribed burn? Contact Martin Stuefer at or AICC Predictive Services - Fire Weather.
Photo from W. Hansen.

Linked Disturbance Interactions in Alaska: Implications for Ecosystems and People

Spruce bark beetle outbreaks have created hazardous fuel conditions and changed wildfire dynamics on the Kenai Peninsula. At the same time, there has been a continued influx of people moving to the Kenai, many of whom live in rural areas impacted by bark beetles.  This new project will:
  • Assess how beetle outbreaks affect wildfire characteristics on the Kenai Peninsula.
  • Evaluate how property values are influenced by wildfire, beetle outbreaks, and their interactions.
Questions or Input? Contact Winslow Hansen at
Project Fact Sheet  |  Project Poster

Save the Photo Series

Photo from USFS.Due to low demand, the Natural Fuels Photo Series books are no longer available through the NIFC Cache. The Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab in Seattle has agreed to store the remaining printed copies but only for a limited time. Two volumes were created for Alaska:
  • Volume II: Black Spruce and White Spruce Types
  • Volume IIa: Hardwoods with Spruce
Currently the Fire Sciences Lab can only respond to requests for boxes of each volume (20-30 copies) and requests that the receiver pays for shipping.

Save the photo series books from the recycling bin. If you would like boxes of one or both Alaska volumes, please Contact Us (or

More Info  |  Fact Sheet  |  Digital Photo Series 

May 2012 Newsletter
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In This Issue

• Tundra Burning in Alaska: Rare event or harbinger of climate change?
• Alaska Wildfire Smoke Forecasts
• Linked Disturbance Interactions in Alaska: Implications for Ecosystems and People
• Save the Photo Series
• Upcoming Webinars
• Highlights

Upcoming Webinars

May 24Tundra burning in Alaska: Rare events or harbinger of climate change?
June 7:  ArcFuels: An ArcGIS Interface for Fuel Treatment Planning and Wildfire Risk Assessment
June 19Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS): Project Overview and Data Access
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