Fire Application Specialist
5775 W. Broadway
Contact Erin Noonan-Wright
Current ResearchI'm investigating decision making practices on wildland fires utilizing the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) and other databases to provide a summary of how various regions are making decisions on wildland fires.
I'm investigating the usage of the various wildland fire behavior modeling systems (FSPro, Near-term, Short-term) and how they are utilized to assist with decision support on wildland fire.
I continue to remain focused on providing technology transfer to the user committee through various avenues:
I'm chair of the NWCG Advanced Fire Environment Learning Unit which strives to provide tangible continuing education for fire behavior specialists in the form of workshops, webinars, and other presentations: http://www.nwcg.gov/committees/advanced-fire-environment-lessons-unit/resources
I’m on the steering committee for the S-495 Geo-spatial Fire Analysis, Interpretation and Application Course and teach the online Unit 4, Assumptions and Limitations of fire behavior modeling systems and Unit 8, Strategic Level Risk Assessment for LTANs and FBANs.
As a member of the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application Group, I’m interested in providing assistance to fire management practitioners doing spatial fire behavior analysis, decision support and fuels analysis.
I’m interested in providing technology transfer to the fire management community especially during the pre-fire planning stage before an ignition occurs. I facilitated the Wildfire Risk and Fuel Treatment Analysis Workshop to provide an introductory framework and practices to implement wildfire risk assessment on DOI and Forest Service lands.
Finally, I’m interested in finding new ways to produce and communicate spatial fire behavior modeling and decision support information to incident management teams. As a qualified Long- term Analyst (LTAN), I enjoy working with Fire Behavior Analysts (FBANs) and Incident Meteorologists (IMETs) to provide a range of fire behavior products for fire fighter safety and strategic planning to an incident management team.
Long-term monitoring of wildland fuels and fire behavior:
I’ve analyzed fuel treatments in the Northern Rockies and evaluated their effectiveness.
I’ve led a field crew, analyzed data and wrote summary reports and publications for the Prescribed Fire and Fuels Treatment Monitoring Project in the Pacific Southwest Region.
Fuels and Fire Behavior Analysis:
I’ve provided spatial fire behavior modeling products (fuels and fire behavior analysis) for the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) as a member of the Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team.
I was a member of the Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT) that collected fuels and real-time fire behavior information on wildland fires.
Why This Research is Important
I believe if we can integrate fire research into fire managment practices, land management agencies will be better poised to think strategically and long-term about forest and range management, providing for all the services communities need such as water, wildlife, recreation, etc.
- University of Montana, Missoula, Ph.D. Candidate Forestry, Emphasis in Fire Science 2015
- University of Nevada, Reno, Master Of Science Environmental Resource Sciences GIS, Remote Sensing 2002
- University of California, Berkeley, B.S. Forestry Forestry 1997
- Fire Application Specialist, Wildland Fire Management RDA
2009 - Current
Technology Transfer projects related to spatial fire behavior modeling, decision support and fuels analysis for the Department of Interior land management agencies (DOI) and the U.S. Forest Service.
- Analyst, Systems for Environmental Management, LLC
2006 - 2009
Contractor to the Fire Sciences Lab. assisting with fuels analysis and applications (Behave Plus, Fuel Calc)
- Ecologist, Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team (AMSET)
2003 - 2006
Provided fuels and fire behavior analysis to National Forests primarily in the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5).
- Fire GIS Specialist, Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area
2002 - 2003
Provided GIS support to fire management; analyzed vegetation data and composed a spatial fuels GIS raster dataset encompassing both National Parks for spatial fire behavior modeling in FARSITE.
Awards & Recognition
- Region 5 Women in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology Award, 2013
- Redding IHC Rookie Award, 2005
- FY2006 Region 5 Scholarship Program Recipient, 2005
- Noonan-Wright, Erin K.; Opperman, Tonja S. 2015. Applying The Wildland Fire Decision Support System (Wfdss) To Support Risk-Informed Decision Making: The Gold Pan Fire, Bitterroot National Forest, Montana, Usa.
- Vaillant, Nicole M.; Noonan-Wright, Erin K.; Reiner, Alicia L.; Ewell, Carol M.; Rau, Benjamin M.; Fites-Kaufman, Josephine A.; Dailey, Scott N. 2015. Fuel Accumulation And Forest Structure Change Following Hazardous Fuel Reduction Treatments Throughout California.
- Noonan-Wright, Erin K.; Vaillant, Nicole M.; Reiner, Alicia L. 2014. The Effectiveness And Limitations Of Fuel Modeling Using The Fire And Fuels Extension To The Forest Vegetation Simulator.
- Vaillant, Nicole M.; Reiner, Alicia L.; Noonan-Wright, Erin K. 2013. Prescribed Fire Effects On Field-Derived And Simulated Forest Carbon Stocks Over Time.