Innovative Suppression Recognition

There is a great deal of decision space that exists within our national fire policy, and once public and firefighter safety is addressed, we as fire professionals, have latitude on suppression strategies. These strategies and how they are employed can potentially have long lasting impacts on the landscape, both beneficial as well as detrimental. The Southwest Fire Science Consortium is looking for examples of fire(s) that were managed in a way that had the long term viability of the impacted landscape in mind during the suppression phase of the fire. Too often, the wildland fire community talks only about the lessons learned from mistakes rather than those learned from successes- so let’s talk success. Nomination forms (can be downloaded below) are due February 23, 2015.

Fires of Change

This project is designed to integrate fire and climate science with art to offer a unique interpretation for the northern Arizona community. Together with partners, Landscape Conservation Initiative (LCI) and Flagstaff Arts Council (FAC), we selected 11 artists to participate. In September 2014, these artists attended field trips to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and other locations in northern Arizona with fire managers and scientists to learn about fire and climate science. They will turn their learning experience into art pieces for a September 2015 exhibit in conjunction with the Flagstaff Festival of Science. For more information on the exhibit, visit the FAC website. The LCI blog will follow artist progress until the exhibit here. We also created a short video “teaser” to provide a basic description of the process for this project below.

Fires of Change Field Trip Materials are available here:


Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves:  Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire, IAWF, April 20-24, 2015 in Boise, Idaho

6th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress: Advancing Ecology in Fire Management, AFE, November 16-20, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas