NEVADA—Smokey Bear is preparing to take to the skies soon—or, at least, his balloon is. The Great Reno Balloon Races are held Sept. 6–8 in Reno, Nevada. Around 125,000 spectators attend this spectacular event each year and Smokey has been one of the crowd favorites for nearly 20 years.
WASHINGTON, DC—Rocky Mountain Research Station has partnered with state, federal and university collaborators to develop a new model for sagebrush resilience. This model is one of the core elements of the new Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome (Part 2).
OREGON—Predicting the weather is notoriously complicated, which can be a challenge for fire managers. Weather plays a major role in how a wildfire behaves and whether it might become erratic or endanger firefighters. For 30 years, fire weather forecasters used the “Haines Index” to assess how weather might intensify wildfire and drive its spread.
COLORADO—Year after year, hundreds of wildland fire dispatch positions go unfilled due to the low number of qualified applicants.
In 2018 the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center and the Job Corps Fire Program brought together a group of forward-thinking problem-solvers to change this status quo. With their sights set on training and qualifying a new generation of wildland fire dispatchers, they established a pilot Forest Service Job Corps Dispatch Academy.