Apps, Publications and Videos


Browse or search our media resources for information and tools to help you with your fire science and management needs.


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2013 SRM Plenary session recordings

Recordings from the 66th annual Society for Range Management meeting in Oklahoma City. These talks were given by David MJS Bowman and Stephen J Pyne.

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Trends and Complexity in the Fire History of the Great Plains

Fire history in the Great Plains is complex. Tree ring analysis reveals the influence of topography and weather, but also the importance of human historical events and milestones in the frequency of fire. Mike Stambaugh of the University of Missouri Tree Ring lab discussed his work to understand fire history in the Great Plains at Missouri State University's Biology Department seminar series

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Indigenous use of fire: FireAdapted

Return To Tradition, this video is the second in a series from The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regional office out of Oklahoma. The focus is on how to fireproof a property.

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Indigenous use of fire

Watch tribal elders discuss how fire was used for land management.

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Prescribed Burn 1: Fireguards / Firebreaks 3 of 3

This is the third of three Fireguard videos. These videos are designed to help land owners and managers build effective fireguards. This particular video is addressing black lining. These videos are to be used as learning tools and necessarily show mistakes made by the crews shown. That is why we are showing them. They are intended for grassland systems. Thanks to the Doane College Prescribed Burn Program, The Konza Prairie Biological Station, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and the Nebraska Tri-County Burn Association. The Video was shot with The Fire Cam Mini HD from Fire Cam Products.

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Prescribed Burn 1: Fireguards / Firebreaks 2 of 3

This is the second of several fireguard videos. This video is designed to help land owners and managers build effective fireguards. These videos are to be used as learning tools and necessarily show mistakes made by the crews shown. That is why we are showing them. They are intended for grassland systems.

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Prescribed Burn 1: Fireguards / Firebreaks 1 of 3

This is the first of several Fireguard videos. This video is designed to help land owners and managers build effective fireguards. These videos are to be used as learning tools and necessarily show mistakes made by the crews in the footage. That is why we are showing them.

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Braids of Truth: "Collaboration Challenges"

Part 3 of 3. How can agencies, institutions and tribal cultures communicate about issues that relate to ecology and lifeways when the terms can mean different things? Is it learning how to talk or how to listen?

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Braids of Truth: "Climate Change"

Part 2 of 3. Elders, scientists and cultural leaders discuss the effects of climate change on the earth, culture and peoples and the differences between western science and traditional ecological principles.

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Braids of Truth: "Fire & Forest Management"

Part 1 of a 3 part series. Elders and forest professionals discuss the traditional and contemporary uses of fire and challenges to forest management practices.

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Braids of Truth: "Introduction"

The “Braids of Truth” video series resulted from a meeting that occurred in June 2010 between tribal leaders, scientists, resource managers, and academics. The goal was to integrate traditional Native American stewardship with current scientific knowledge to find ways to manage land while preserving culture and natural resources.

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Season of Grass: Northern Mixed Grass Prairie

Our northern mixed grass prairie video was taken at Ft. Keogh, Montana. The Agricultural Research Service research station hosted the camera in 2015. 2015 was a drought year so the plant productivity was less than normal.

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Season of Grass: The Prairie Rejuvenated after a Prescribed Burn

You asked for it! We heard you ask for a photo series that captures the recovery of tallgrass prairie after a burn. We now have time lapse videos of the tallgrass and northern mixed grass prairies showing changes to the plant communities post-burn.

The tallgrass video was taken over the course of a year at a Kansas State University Prairie in the Flint Hills (Rannells pasture near Manhattan, Kansas). The burn occurred in the spring and the camera was raised as the plants grew.

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Panhandle Wildfires: Fire on the Prairie

Months of drought and driving winds contributed to raging wildfires that destroyed almost half a million acres of the Texas Panhandle in March 2006. Thanks to timely rains in the year after the fire, the land is well on the way to recovery. See how the people, the land and the wildlife have been affected by this unprecedented disaster. (this segment can be seen on the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show the week of July 24-31, 2011 on the Texas PBS stations)

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Fire In the Great Plains Series: A Community Approach to Fire

This video is the fourth in a series describing fire in the Great Plains. The series features ranchers in the region and local experts discussing prescribed fire. This video focuses on the value of working with neighbors and prescribed fire associations to complete burns on private lands.

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Fire In the Great Plains Series: Challenges to Using Fire

This video is the third in a series describing fire in the Great Plains. The series features ranchers in the region and local experts discussing prescribed fire. This video focuses on challenges land owners face when using prescribed fire. Ranchers talk about how they overcome those challenges.

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Fire In the Great Plains Series: Getting Started

This video is the second in a series describing fire in the Great Plains. The series features ranchers in the region and local experts discussing prescribed fire. This video focuses on how to get started using prescribed fire. Learning how to burn can be a daunting proposition, but making use of landowner resources and local expertise can make the process easier.

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Fire In the Great Plains Series: Why Burn?

This video is the first in a series describing fire in the Great Plains. The series features ranchers in the region and local experts discussing prescribed fire. This video focuses on the need for burning grasslands in the region.

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Understanding Fire Behavior in the Wildland/Urban Interface

This video on fire behavior discusses structural vs. wildland fire operations, methods of heat transfer, fuel types and effects, weather, topography and how it effects wildland fire, and extreme fire behavior. Find out more at: http://www.firewise.org/

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Demonstrating Prescribed Fire: Hay Bales

Watch this video to see a demonstration using hay bales to show how prescribed fires are conducted.

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Preserving the Tallgrass Prairie

The tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. Prescribed burning, the practice of planning and conducting a burn to achieve pre-identified management objectives, was practiced by Native Americans prior to European settlement. Modern grassland managers also burn, using a blend of ecosystem science and practical management to maintain the expansive landscapes of the Great Plains.

Information on the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan can be found at http://www.ksfire.org. And additional resources are at http://GPFireScience.org.

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Prescribed Burning: Effects on Grazing

John Weir, Oklahoma State University, discusses research from cattle grazing after a prescribed burn.

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Prescribed Burning: Controlling Brush

John Weir, Oklahoma State University, discusses research on how to control brush on a prairie

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Prescribed Burning: Consequences of Not Burning

John Weir, Oklahoma State University, discusses the results of research from the areas that aren't burned in the Season of Burn plots.

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Prescribed Burning: Controlling Sericea Lespedeza

John Weir, Oklahoma State University, discusses research in controlling sericea lespedeza by using prescribed burning.

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Prescribed Burning: Effects of Burning at Different Seasons of the Year

John Weir, Oklahoma State University, discusses research on the effects of prescirbed burning during different seasons of the year.

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Future Direction of Fire in the Great Plains

An open discussion from the Fire Summit 2016 moderated by John Wier and Bryan Hays.

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Wildlife Habitat and Fire

A presentation by Jeff Pennington from the Fire Summit 2016.

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National Prescribed Fire Outlook & Policy Update

A presentation by Chuck Stanley from the Fire Summit 2016.

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Jenks High School Experience with Fire

A presentation by Bryan Yockers from the Fire Summer 2016.

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What’s going on in glade soil: effects of edge and fire on mycorrhizae

Alice Tipton described her research in glades relating mycorrhizae to fire and plant productivity.

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Surging Wildfire in the Great Plains Biome

Victoria Donovan of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln presenting a webinar for the Great Plains Fire Science Association.

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