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Field Trips + Workshops

Workshops

The workshops will be held on Monday, October 31st. The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire to discuss and exchange interests on defined topics. We view these workshops as an opportunity for information transfer.  Register for the workshops when you register for the conference. The fee to participate is $10/workshop. 

Monday, October 31
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Burn-P3+: A new multi-model burn probability simulator based on Burn-P3

Instructors:

  • Chris Stockdale, Wildfire Research and Extension Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
  • Shreeram Senthivasan, Systems Ecologist, Apex RMS
  • Leonardo Frid, Systems Ecologist, Apex RMS

Burn-P3+ is a new software tool for burn probability modeling at the landscape scale. Its design is based on the original Burn-P3 model but includes several enhancements to overcome limitations inherent in that version. Burn-P3+ is a cross platform tool that enables end users to develop and run landscape-scale burn probability models while taking advantage of multiple fire growth models including Prometheus and Cell2Fire. The new Burn-P3+ is built as an open-source package for the SyncroSim software framework for geospatial simulation modeling. SyncroSim can be run in both Windows and Linux via the command line, R and Python packages and via a graphical user interface in Windows. Models can be delivered to decision makers via desktop and browser-based interfaces. The new modular design of Burn-P3+ will also allow users to independently develop and publish add-on scripts, written in languages such as R, Python and C#, that extend the functionality of the tool; for example, these add-ons could include support for additional fire growth models or custom pre- and post-processing scripts. This workshop will introduce participants to basic concepts of burn probability modeling using Burn-P3+ and showcase the use of the software through a live demonstration. Workshop instructors will discuss differences with the original version of the Burn-P3 model. Workshop participants will be provided with information they need to download the software and access additional instructional materials to get started.

Objectives:

  • Review basic concepts of burn probability modeling
  • Provide a live demonstration of the Burn-P3+ software using a case study landscape
  • Discuss and demonstrate differences with the old version of Burn-P3
  • Provide participants with the information they need to get started using the software.

Instructor bios:

Chris Stockdale is a Wildfire Research and Extension Scientist for the Canadian Forest Service at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton Alberta. He received a BSc (Honours) in Biology from the University of Victoria in 1998, a MSc in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University in2001, and his PhD in Forest Biology and Management from the University of Alberta in 2016. His research has covered stand dynamics following mountain pine beetle attack, interactions between mountain pine beetle and fire, historical fire regimes, ecological change, and his current research focuses primarily on wildfire risk modelling.

Shreeram is a systems ecologist and research software developer. He holds an M.Sc. in Zoology (University of British Columbia) and a B.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of Toronto). Shreeram has a strong interest in developing methods and tools for biological research, and for communicating applied mathematics concepts to biologists. Through his studies and work experience he has developed skills in data analysis, data visualization and statistical modeling, including programming fluency in both Python and R. Leonardo is a systems ecologist with over 20 years of consulting experience. He holds an M.Sc. in Zoology and a B.Sc. in Conservation Biology, both from the University of British Columbia.

Leonardo’s work focuses on landscape simulation modeling, wildland fire risk and fuels management, invasive plant management, species at risk, and land use/land cover change. Leonardo has led numerous workshops, covering topics ranging from technical and scientific issues to strategic planning, and regularly delivers training courses in the use of landscape simulation modeling tools for decision support.

Monday, October 31
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Wildfire Predictive Services: Applied Science for Operational Fire Support

Instructors:

  • Sam LaCarte – Fire Science Analyst – Canadian Forest Service
  • Brett Moore – Wildfire Applications Developer – Canadian Forest Service
  • Justin Beckers – Fire Analyst – Canadian Forest Service

This workshop is focused on the evolving state of wildfire predictive services in Canada to foster enhanced collaboration and knowledge sharing among the fire management and fire research communities. We intend to provide an overview of the current and future tools that are in development and to collaborate with fire practitioners to better understand their needs and desires around predictive services in Canada for fire management. Agencies across Canada are starting to develop and implement their own fire predictive services groups; this workshop intends to bring about a national dialogue on how these products and services can best improve and support fire management across Canada.

The goal of this workshop is to begin a national dialogue around wildfire predictive services and to improve engagement and collaboration between fire management and fire research communities in this area. Specifically, we aim to provide a session focused on:   What predictive services means to fire management?   What predictive services exist, how can we improve these?   What are the needs to support and integrate predictive services?

Instructor Bios:

Brett Moore is a fire applications developer working closely with current and upcoming fire modelling tools nationally. Brett is a Fire Behaviour Analyst with extensive experience in fire support and management through his time with Alberta Wildfire.

Justin Beckers is a scientist specializing in data and application development and fire support services for the CWFIS. Justin is a key member working on the Canadian Wildland Fire Information Framework to improve data sharing, tool development, and integration among the Canadian fire management community.

Sam LaCarte is a fire analyst, focused on high-resolution fuel mapping and fire support services. Sam is a key member working on the CWFIS fire predictive services during the fire season with a background in fire management out of the Ontario fire program.

Monday, October 31
1:00 – 5:00
In-depth Introduction to QUIC-Fire

Instructors:

  • Alexander Josephson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Daniel Thompson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Rodman Linn, Los Alamos National Laborator

This session will provide an in-depth and interactive look at an emerging software technology, QUIC-Fire, designed to capture high-fidelity, physics-driven, fire behavior and spread in a computationally economical domain. An overview of the technology is planned along with presentations of how it works and a live demonstration of its usability, audience questions and discussions are encouraged. At the end of the in-depth discussion, the presenters will work with audience participants to develop a case of interest to be simulated with ensembles of QUIC-Fire simulations and at the end of the conference we will re-convene present and explore the results of those ensemble simulations.

 

Monday, October 31
1:00 – 5:00
Modelling conifer fuel treatments with the Canadian Conifer Pyrometrics System

Instructor:

  • Daniel Perrakis, Fire Research Scientist

This workshop provides a background and training on using a relatively new fire behaviour modelling system (Conifer Pyrometrics) for planning forest fuel treatments to reduce the probability of crown fire in conifer stands. Participants will learn about the research behind the CP system, including pre-existing similar models (FBP System, CFIS) and the new analysis of experimental burns that underpins the CP model. Participants will learn techniques for estimating critical fire weather thresholds and mesuring or estimating forest structure for use in the CP model. Examples will be provided of how forest structure can be altered to change the probability of crown fire in western Canadian landscapes.

Objectives:

Provide an overview and examples to users with some formal fire behaviour training on how to use the Conifer Pyrometrics model for planning successful fuel treatments in Canadian conifer forests.

Instructor Bio: Dan Perrakis is a Fire Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria, BC. He has M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington in Forest Ecology and has previously worked as the provincial Fire Science Officer for the BC Wildfire Service and as the western region Fire Ecologist for Parks Canada. He is a member of the CFS Fire Danger Group and is the principal investigator on the Conifer Pyrometrics modelling system project.

Field Trip

Friday, November 4
9:00 – 3:00 pm
There is no cost to attend the field trip. Sign up when you register for the conference.
Space is limted to 80 people.

Bison, Blueberries, and Burning: Cultural fire in Treaty 6 territory

Cultural burning has been an important cultural practice in Treaty 6 territory, conducted by multiple Nations to steward the landscape since time immemorial. This field trip will give participants the chance to learn from cultural fire knowledge holders on the land. Participants will be transported from the Westin to Elk Island National Park (approximately 40 minutes), where we will visit multiple locations over a three-hour period, learning about the importance of Indigenous fire stewardship from cultural fire practitioners, Elders, and Parks Canada staff. We will also provide participants with free time to explore Elk Island National Park.

During this field trip, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss multiple issues related to Indigenous fire stewardship, including: 1) what it is and why it is important, 2) opportunities and challenges, and 3) best practices.

Register for the workshops & field trip when you register for the conference.

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COVID-19

At this time, it is our intention to host an in-person conference, however, we intend to provide some opportunities allowing attendees to participate virtually if they choose. For the safety of our guests, we will incorporate any necessary safety precautions recommended by public health professionals and government entities. In the event circumstances surrounding COVID restrict/limit an in-person conference, we may explore a fully virtual option. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.