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Great Basin Seasonal Fire Outlook

Visit the Great Basin Coordination Center website, the focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the Great Basin Geographic Area. The Great Basin Geographic Area encompasses Utah, Nevada, Idaho-south of the Salmon River, the western Wyoming mountains and the Arizona Strip. GBCC is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and provides Intelligence and Predictive Services related products for use by the wildland fire community for purposes of wildland fire and incident management decision-making.

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Restoration in a fire forest: The benefits of burning

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Wildfire has historically played an important role in the health and structure of Oregon’s dry forests. Prescribed fire is a valuable tool used to restore forest health, increase firefighter safety, and better protect nearby human resources in these fire-adapted landscapes.

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Proactive wildfire risk management tools: A video series

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Misconceptions and benefits of fire

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The most common misconception of wildfire is that all fire is bad. But there are important benefits that smaller and more frequent fires offer to the environment. Matt Jolly, an ecologist at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, talks about the natural and important role of fire in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

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Five key areas around the home to examine for fire risk

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The strange mating ritual of the sage-grouse

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They gobble up air, rub their wings across their chest feathers, and make a popping noise. It’s the mating call of the sage grouse – and the sound of dawn every spring in Oregon’s high desert. But sage grouse are in trouble across the West because humans keep carving up the desert for their own uses.

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Introduction to fuel loading

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Burning in the black range: Prescribed fire on the Gila National Forest

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A brief look at how the Black Range of the Gila National Forest goes about putting down thousands of acres of prescribed fire. See how the District works in a collaborative and productive manner while working within the multiple-use framework to include grazing, wildlife, recreation, and community outreach. Supported by science, the agency looks to keep fire on the landscape.

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Evaluating LANDFIRE data in 12 steps

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This video by Heather Heward, University of Idaho, offers a short overview of the steps needed to review LANDFIRE data in the context of wildland fire and fuels management. Perform any or all of these steps to increase your ability to creatively and effectively use LF to understand and manage your landscape. The steps can be completed using a variety of techniques, most of which are described in detail in the “How-to: process LF data” document. Other resources include Stratton 2009 and Helmbrecht and Blankenship 2016.

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Fish and fire: Habitat and history in the NW

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Two research fish biologists describe how fish in the Pacific Northwest have evolved with wildfire disturbances, and how considering this history can help inform management prescriptions for both wildfire and fisheries. Creative animation illuminates details of how wildfires can provide beneficial habitat for native fish species.

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