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10–16 November 2018 VIII International Conference on Forest Fire Research
Once again, I would like to invite you to attend the next edition of the Conference on Forest Fire Research and related events that will take place in Coimbra, Portugal, from November 10th to 16th, 2018.
I write this address in the aftermath of one of the worst forest fires that occurred in Portugal. This tragedy in which more than 60 persons lost their lives brings to the attention of all that everyone – including us researchers – has not done what is required to avoid these disasters. I am sure that this event will be very much present in our meeting.
The Conference aims to provide an up to date on the developments in forest fire science and technology and an opportunity to meet persons and institutions, to promote international cooperation in this research and management area.
The scope of this Conference follows its previous editions. There will be six major themes for you to present your work, each of them with several sub-topics, that you can find here on the website. The themes are related to Fire at the Wildland Urban Interface, Fire Risk Management, Decision Support Systems and Tools, Fire Management, Fuel Management and Socio Economic Issues. These themes are not restricted and we are open to other subjects that are proposed, as well.
Two courses, the V Short Course on Fire Safety and the VIII Short Course on Forest Fire Behaviour, will be held before the Conference, as related but separate events.
As the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Conference I welcome you to our website.
We intend to use this support to give you updated information about the Conference and its related events.
This information is of interest for those who intend to participate in the conference as authors, attendants, exhibitors or sponsors, but also for all those who are interested in forest fire research and forest management in general.
Your comments and queries are welcome.
21–24 May 2018 The Fire Continuum Conference: Preparing for the Future of Wildland Fire
Missoula, Montana, USA
The science and management of wildland fire is made up of many multifaceted continuums.
A clear understanding of these continuums and their relationship to planning, preparation, learning, response, implementation, and evaluation activities is important in order to fully understand the magnitude and extent of what is involved in this increasingly complex area.
A continuum of fire experience from the rookie firefighter to the seasoned fire manager reflects increasing skills and awareness. A continuum of vegetation succession through a post-burn environment of developing vegetation communities and periodic fire presence reflects the interactions of plants, fire, and the environment. A continuum of education ranging from basic fire courses to advanced degrees offered by Universities and certifications offered by professional societies provides an indication of the levels of knowledge and learning that now take place. A continuum of societal understanding extending from singular negative perceptions of fire to a much broader awareness of fire ecology is highly important to learning to live with and manage fire in the future.
Most important, there is the continuum of management activities encompassing the range of fuel treatments, prescribed burns, and vegetation management; seasonal wildfire pre-ignition planning to post-ignition response decisions and actions; and post-fire burned area rehabilitation, evaluation, and study of effects and post-burn community development. This continuum may be the most dynamic and most influential in regard to wildland fire management now and in the future.
This conference will be designed around these fire management continuums. We invite you to participate in this journey through the range of science and management activities that take place before a wildfire occurs, activities needed during a wildfire event, and the post fire activities and fire ecology. The continuum theme will resonate throughout the conference by emphasizing the fire experience, education, ecology, and management gradients.