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Alicia Reiner

Fire Ecologist

    » Science Section — Fire Behavior Assessment Team


Cell:       (530) 559-4860




Ali began working in ecological monitoring and prescribed fire through internships/technician positions with Tall Timbers Research Station, The Nature Conservancey, USGS and DOD between 1999 and 2001. Ali worked as a seasonal firefighter for the BLM and USFS from 2003 to 2005. Ali joined AMSET in 2006 and detailed with the Redding Hotshots for the 2008 fire season.
Ali's work with AMSET has included collection, analysis and presentation of fuel classification, fuel treatment effectiveness, fire ecology and fire behavior data. Ali has helped to collect fuel, fire behavior and post-fire severity data with AMSET's Fire Behavior Assessment Team. Ali has also helped to collect, manage, analyze and present data from AMSET's R5 fuel treatment effects and effectiveness study since 2006. Ali developed and implemented monitoring methods to characterize masticated fuels on the San Bernardino with AMSET in 2009. From 2007 to 2011 Ali participated in masticated fuel and vegetation data collection in a mastication/burn treatment on the Red Mountain Mastication Study, a project funded by Joint Fire Science and also supported by the Sequoia National Forest. Ali led fire behavior data collection during the prescribed burn, analyzed data and produced two manuscripts for the Red Mountain project.

Areas of Expertise

Ali's areas of expertise include fuels, fire behavior and ecological monitoring/research, data analysis, and information transfer to managers and stakeholders. Ali is familiar with sampling fuels and developing fuel estimation equations based on fuel characteristics such as shrub height or masticated fuel bed depth. Ali is also familiar with investigating fuel treatment effectiveness by comparing pre and post-treatment fuel monitoring data and potential fire behavior using fire behavior applications and historic weather data. Ali also has experience in qualitative evaluation of WUI fuel treatments and has completed the 2-day 'Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone' Workshop.
Selected publications:

Reiner, A.L., Tausch, R.J., Walker, R.F. 2010. Estimation procedures for understory biomass and fuel loads in sagebrush steppe invaded by woodlands. Western North American Naturalist. 70(3):312-322.

Reiner, A.L., Vaillant, N.V., Fites-Kaufman, J., Dailey, S.N., 2009. Mastication and prescribed fire impacts on fuels in a 25-year old ponderosa pine plantation, southern Sierra Nevada. Forest Ecology and Management 258(11):2365-2372.

Reiner, A.L., Vaillant, N.V., Dailey, S.D., 2011. Mastication and prescribed fire influences on tree mortality and predicted fire behavior in ponderosa pine. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 27(1):36-41.


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Professional Memberships

  • Association for Fire Ecology


  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Master of Science, Environmental and Natural Resource Science, University of Nevada, Reno