In partnership with scientists and managers, we produce and sponsor videos to share information about specific topics in support of fire and fuels management.


This is Day 2 of a 3-day webinar series focused on Wildland Firefighter Health brought to you by several of the Joint Fire Science Program's Exchanges. It deals with topics such as stress, PTSD, and moral injury all in how they specifically affect wildland firefighters.


  • Wildland Firefighter Mental Health - Patty O’Brien
  • PTSD: Finding a Way Home – Marc Titus
  • Taming Fire Dragons - Suzanne Connolly
  • Identification and Integration of Moral Injury – Rebecca Morris
  • Stress First Aid for Wildland Firefighters – Kimberly Lightley

This is Day 1 of a 3-day webinar series focused on firefighter health organized by several of the Joint Fire Science Program exchanges. It covers several recent studies specific to wildland firefighters on reproductive health, nutrition, sleep patterns, and smoke exposure.

Presentations include:

  • Smoke Exposure and Health Effects for Wildland Firefighters – Kathleen Navarro
  • Female Firefighters and Reproductive Health: What We Know and Where We Are Going – Alesia Jung
  • Sleep Matters: How it Affects Mental and Physical Health – Randy Brooks
  • Wildland Firefighter Physiological Health and Job Demands – Joe Sol
  • Fitness Leadership: Management Perspective – Luis Gomez

For the USDA Forest Service, wilderness fire management began in the Northern Rockies. Explore the history of wilderness fire management through nationally significant case studies in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Hear interviews from retirees Orville Daniels, Dick Bahr, and Laurie Kurth, and scientist Mark Finney, who use the Bad Luck (1972), Canyon Creek (1988), Yellowstone (1988) and Howling (1994) fires to share lessons learned and describe how these fires shaped fire use and national fire policy.

Lessons learned from wilderness fire management in the Northern Rockies. Intended to spark discussion about managing fire for resource benefit on public lands: including reasons behind using this management approach; factors that influence the ability to do so; resources and steps that support fire for resource benefit; considerations to keep in mind; and other wisdom from experts. This video is not intended to provide solutions to every issue, but to catalyze conversation.

After considerable planning and partnership, the Payette National Forest is leading the way in landscape-scale controlled burns. These burns aim to enhance important plant and animal habitat and reduce the risk of future wildfires to the surrounding communities. This short video outlines the process used to complete these landscape-scale burns. Funding for this video came from the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network and the interagency Joint Fire Science Program.

Video on wilderness fire management in Forest Service (9 min)

Kimberley Davis (Postdoctoral Scientist, W. A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation, University of Montana) discussed recent research addressing how annual climate limits post-fire seedling establishment and how climate suitability for post-fire recruitment has changed over time (17:37 minutes).

Debbie Page-Dumroese (Research Soil Scientist, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station) addressed forest management implications for increased soil carbon and water-holding capacity in soils after wildfire and prescribed fire (16:49 minutes).

Erin Noonan-Wright (Fire Applications Specialist, U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Management Research, Development, & Applications) discussed how land managers make decisions on wildland fires, how they make an initial assessment of risk, how risk is different spatially for the U.S., focusing on 3 geographic areas, and what the role of barriers is in the Southwest and how they affect flexibility in decision-making (16:36 minutes).

Carol Miller (Research Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute) highlighted recent research that uses a climate analog approach to model potential vegetation and fire regime shifts with a changing climate. Vegetation is expected to shift toward vegetation associated with warmer climate, and fire regime shifts depend on the bioclimatic environment. Caveats and assumptions of the research are noted, and the direction of change is emphasized rather than magnitude and timing (19:26 minutes).