This fact sheet gives a brief description of the free GroupMe app, which can be useful for communication within Prescribed Burn Associations. The fact sheet also includes instructions on how to set up and use the app.
The RxBurnTracker app, available for Apple and Android platforms, helps you monitor the long-term effects of burning. The app allows you to store basic information about a prescribed fire and take pre- and post-burn photos from exactly the same spot over time. The creators of this app have provided a fact sheet that contains information on how to best use the app.
This video features John Weir (one of the creators of the RxBurnTracker app) discussing the new app and its uses.
In the Great Plains, it is a challenge to know how much fire is occurring. Large amounts of burning are done on private land as well as properties belonging to state and other organizations, and all use disparate tracking systems. Information on the number of burns conducted, acres burned, safety records, and more can improve how funding, training, and resources are allocated to burning in the region.
The Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association has developed an online data portal that is available to landowners using prescribed fire in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas. All burners can use the form provided on the OKPBA website to enter information about burns they have conducted. The data are confidential--no names or exact locations are specified in the forms. The application managers will be able to report their findings to the regional burn alliance and others for the benefit of prescribed fire in the Great Plains.
Access the form here: Prescribed Burn Entry Form.
**Download the 2016 data summary report >pdf
The Great Plains Fire Science Exchange is partnering with FRAMES (Fire Research and Management Exchange System) to provide literature searches on topics such as patch-burn grazing and pyric herbivory. Our annotated bibliography summarizes many of the citations that can be found in the FRAMES database.
Check out this interactive topographical map of the United States: National Topo Map >
Users can view a variety of layers such as transportation, structures, and elevation, among others. The program is fairly simple to use and can be applied for many purposes. A sample of the map (without any layers applied) can be seen below.
The Oklahoma Mesonet is a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations. The network was designed and implemented by scientists at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Oklahoma State University (OSU).
Visit the Mesonet website >
Spot Forecasts are issued for prescribed burns, wildfires, spray projects, or any number of land management activities within our forecast area. Government agencies within our fire weather forecast area can request a spot forecast.
Visit spot forecast website >
Guyette, R.P., M.C. Stambaugh, D.C. Dey, J.M. Marschall, J. Saunders, and J. Lampereur. In review. Human and drought influences on the fire history of two northern Wisconsin sands forest ecosystems.
Hammer, L.D. and M.C. Stambaugh. In review. Environmental gradients and controls of eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) expansion from refugia into diverse landtypes of southwestern Oklahoma.
Kinkead, C.O., J.M. Kabrick, and M.C. Stambaugh. In review. Thinning and burning in oak woodlands: long-term effects on residual overstory trees.
Muzika, R., R.P. Guyette, and M.C. Stambaugh, M.C. In review. Fire regime dynamics of the Huron Mountains, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.
Brose, P.H., R.P. Guyette, J.M. Marschall, and M.C. Stambaugh. In press. Fire history reflects human history in the Pine Creek Gorge of north-central Pennsylvania. Natural Areas Journal.
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Proper calibration of the humidity sensor is important for all Kestrel weather stations. In this video we cover the calibration procedures for the Kestrel weather station. There are three key points to this calibration. First, the calibration chamber must be small to allow the humidity levels to reach equilibrium inside the chamber. Second, there should be no temperature change in any of the components during the calibration. And third, you need to know the temperature/humidity ratio for each salt used during the test. Kestrel only gives you the temperature humidity ratio for a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. That is, if you're calibrating at any other temperature, your calibration will be off. Even so, it will only be off a little. But accurate temperature to humidity ratios can be found online for both the salts used. Magnesium chloride (also found as magnesium chloride hexahydrate) and sodium chloride are the salts used.
LANDFIRE on YouTube
We’ve posted nine new videos from the Association of Fire Ecologists’ conference where LANDFIRE was prominently featured. Titles and abstracts are listed on the Conservation Gateway. These and other videos are available on our YouTube Channel.
An overview of past, current, and future LANDFIRE data products and methods:
- LANDFIRE Reference Data
- LANDFIRE Existing and Potential Vegetation
- LANDFIRE Existing Vegetation Cover and Height
- LANDFIRE Fuel Attributes Layer Development
- LANDFIRE Fire Regime Products
WHAM! Adds 31 New Application Stories
The LANDFIRE interactive map, Web-Hosted Application Map (WHAM!), is updated with 31 new stories in addition to the original 32. Each location post includes multiple URLs to scientific reports and related websites. Some highlights are:
- Environmental change and ecosystem conditions
- Protected areas network vegetation communities
- Project planning and scenario modeling
- Wildland habitat analysis
- Fire emissions and carbon
- Landscape assessments
- Biomass and Carbon Dataset project funded in part by NASA
- Forest ecological integrity
- Landscape restoration and prioritization
Information on LANDFIRE:
The Prescribed Burn Unit Plan is the most important document in the fire planning process. It is required for all broadcast burns, including those conducted by contractors. It is a field document that sets forth the details for conducting a particular burn treatment at a particular burn unit(s). The Prescribed Burn Unit Plan is much more specific than the Site Fire Management Plan and details the prescription parameters and professional standards to be used in conducting the burn.
Visit The Nature Conservancy website to learn about burn plans >