2016 Fire Summit Evaluation Summaries

Great Plains Fire Science Exchange Survey of the 2016 Fire Summit: Changing Fire Regimes

Ecological Topics

  • Fire suspension and long term impacts
  • Burn frequencies for specific ecological goals/objectives
  • Fire timing in relation to wildlife phenology and behavior
  • Benefits of patch/burn/grazing
  • Fire tools to improve bobwhite quail habits
  • How can you get rid of red cedar tree carcasses? They don't fall over
  • Time of year for burning
  • Growing season fire effect on fords long term diversity
  • Anticipating and adapting to the effects of climate change on species distribution and habitat
  • Time of burning on woody species
  • Emissions from grassland fires
  • Fire and fungus
  • How to reduce Indian Grass dominance within an area using fire
  • Noxious weed control Johnson grass, muskthistle
  • Seasonal burn effects (promoting seasons other than spring)
  • Future effects of climate change on prescribed fire and wildfires
  • The connection between ag and wildlife/natural resources management, especially in relation to fire. Several producers do not respond to presentations about sparrows or prairie chickens because they do not always see the value in them

 

Policy Topics

  • Annual burning in Flint hills: incentives to reduce burning?
  • Contribution of smoke to whole air quality problem
  • Can burn bans be ended?
  • Work with Firewise to lobby state and federal to regain insurance backing
  • Tax deductions to home owners that apply Firewise on their property
  • Small burns urban areas- flexibility with cities
  • Why federal employees aren't able to participate on burns in some states
  • Burn assistance and/or contracting by rural departments
  • Work to get more burn ban exemptions for prescribed burning
  • NWGG requirements smothering managers who wear many hats
  • Indescriminant burn bans
  • Prescribed fire liability statutes for escaped fires in states with undefined liability
  • Smoke regulations
  • Anything that may hinder prescribed burning
  • Regulations that impact prescribed fire being implemented
  • We need help developing positive messages to combat the smoke issues in Nebraska from neighboring states. Maybe something pulling together all the health risks that can happen without prescription fire.
  • Fire Weather Forecast reports lowest RH values and highest wind speeds. NOAA has a tabular/hourly weather variables. Consistency of reporting or hourly reporting added to Fire Weather Forecast would be good to acknowledge burn windows without prescription. NOAA has burn planner windows. Lastly, wind speed reported at 20-40' height on weather sites that local burn permits of state policy for prescription regulations is based on a specific wind speed, but it does not specify if it is ground level winds or 20'. Regional or local conversion factors to translate 20' winds to gorund level winds could be important.

 

Social Topics

  • HD studies are needed on perceptions of prescription fire
  • Annual burning in Flint hills: incentives to reduce burning?
  • #NOTALLFIRESAREBAD
  • Get more prescribed fire education in the community to end the bias
  • Financial incentives for RX burning versus mechanical brush/herbicide control
  • Focus of cost for private laborers
  • Why people in urban areas don't understand the value of prescribed fires
  • Insurance cost and lack of contract burners
  • More training and certification for burn bosses
  • Correcting misconceptions regarding fire
  • Improving perception of importance/safety
  • Smoke management
  • What are the short term and long term impacts of growing season burns on insects, herps, small mammals?
  • Lots of backlash for "killing turtles" in these burns
  • Urban perceptions of and objections to prescribed fires in WUI
  • Educating the public, especially the next generations about the value of fire
  • It would be great to see a list of all the different types of youth fire education K-12 so folks don't need to start from scratch if they are trying to pull something together.
  • Benefits and feasibility of burning in central and western Kansas, even in the "shorter" grass ecosystems.
  • Increasing awareness of groups and agencies that can assist with burning and planning. Several people are afraid to burn, namely due to a lack of experience and man power.

 

Management and Operations Topics

  • Economic impacts on lab of RX fire; ex: red cedar invasion/management costs
  • Burn condition restrictions
  • Federal funding to help with fire mitigation instead of "prevention." Fires happen we need to accept it as natural everywhere
  • Killing dogwood-minimum frequency
  • Focus on cattle gains and brush removal because wildlife is secondary
  • High intensity burn benefits and techniques
  • Working/educating small recreational landowners (majority of landowners in Texas)
  • Work more closely with county commissioners, get these groups involved
  • Techniques change or recommendations for patch burns on small acreages
  • Livestock responses to size of pasture
  • Burn plans
  • What fire intensity or timing is needed to kill smooth sumac?
  • Can fire help control or help eradicate old world bluestem?
  • Land managing federal agencies that don't actively participate in prescribed fire agency wide Ex: Corps of Engineers
  • Insurance/Liability
  • Generate funding sources to assist private landowners and organizations with expenses associated with burning
  • Increasing the ability of various agency personnel and partners to have burn planning and implementation authority, especially that could be standardized and interchangeable.
  • County-wide firebreaks to reduce wildfire considerations
  • Outreach to landowners on adequate fuel loads for efficient burns prescriptions. A picture guide on different ecological site fuel load pictures and what b/h etc. (Ex: maintenance reclamation tree height)