Western Rx Fire Science Research Burn at Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Montana

New field trip opportunity for the Fire Continuum Conference!
Friday, May 25, 2018, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Cost: $25 (includes lunch and transportation)

**This field trip requires a separate registration and payment from the full conference registration. Click button below to register. 

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The FireCenter and Tall Timbers is aiming to conduct the first western Rx Fire Science research burn at Lubrecht Experimental Forest in Montana during the Fire Continuum Conference. This event represents the first extension of the long history of collaborative burn experiments established of over the last decade in the Southeast through the RxCADRE and RxScience experiments. This event expands dynamic teams across disciplines and organizations to address the needs of prescribed fire practitioners nationwide.

The field trip will provide participants with a potential opportunity to observe the experimental 10 acre prescribed burn, weather permitting, and learn about fire operations, effects, behavior, and fuel characterization methods. In addition, we will have a Prescribed Fire Council station with information about how to establish a State Council. The site selected is a prime example of frequently burned interior ponderosa pine systems found in the Northern Rockies, providing an excellent linkage to similar systems collected as part of past 2017 and 2018 RxScience burn events.

The prescribed burn is weather dependent and the site may have already burned earlier in the week. In this case, all research equipment will still be on site for demonstrations to learn about the research being conducted and to foster discussions about expanding the use of prescribed fire through the co-production model of integrating researchers and managers. Equipment on site will include drones, 3-D fuel samplers, fire behavior packages, thermal cameras, and more. Researchers will be on hand at each station to discuss the on-going research.

The Prescribed Fire Science Consortium (RxScience) was created as a partnership between Tall Timbers Research Station, University of Montana, Los Alamos National Lab, and the US Forest Service to engage fire managers and researchers from across the country. This group aims to address the effects of ignition patterns on fire behavior, smoke transport under marginal burning conditions, and linking fire behavior to targeted fire effects using an integrated and collaborative approach.

This all-day field trip opportunity has just materialized due to snow conditions in the Northern Rockies pushing burn windows later into the season that aligns the RxScience burn event with the Fire Continuum Conference. Please note that if the prescribed burn is conducted during the field trip, all participants will be integrated into the operational command structure and will be required to stay in an established safety zone during the burn. The safety zone has good observation points to see the burning. Participants will not be able to assist with the burn even if red carded.

Hardhat and boots are required. Transportation and lunch provided.

Contact Sharon Hood with questions at sharonmhood@fs.fed.us or 406-329-4818