2021 FHAW Pre Conference Webinars

FHAW Annual Fall Conference Pre-Conference Webinar Series

Fire Weather/Fire Danger Conditions Which Led to the Historic Peshtigo Wildfire of 1871

Wednesday, September 1 @ 7:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

An extended drought of more than a year, including a winter of minimal snowfall set up a pattern of fire danger that lasted through the summer of 1871 and caused concern throughout the Midwest. A problem exacerbated by high temperatures and strong winds in the Great Lakes area in the US and neighboring Canadian Provinces in late September and early October of that fatal year.

Presented by Steve Marien, the Eastern Area Fire Weather Program Man-ager at the Eastern Area Coordination Center's (EACC). He provides fire weather/potential and all-hazard products and guidance to the Eastern Area Interagency Wildland Fire Community. The Eastern Area is comprised of 20 states making up approximately the northwestern quarter of the lower 48 states.

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The Buildup and the Blowup

Wednesday, September 15 @ 7:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

Conflagrations like the 1871 Peshtigo Fire have reemerged as important threats across North America and around the world. Understanding the factors and the phenomena that produced the fire environment of that day is possible because of weather observations collected and recorded at the time and studies of extreme fire behavior that continue to this day. Recounting it should be a cautionary tale for our lives as we continue to live them.

Presented by Robert Ziel, is a Wildland Fire Analyst, living in Marquette, Michigan, who works for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium, at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

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Peshtigo Paradigm

Wednesday, September 29 @ 7:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

For 50 years the kind of fire that swept over Peshtigo plagued the Great Lakes region, in both the U.S. and Canada. The fires furnished an important background for state-sponsored conservation and especially a program of fire protection.

Presented by Steve Pyne, an emeritus professor at Arizona State University, and the author of many fire histories, including Fire in America (1982), Awful Splendor: A Fire History of Canada (2007), and Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America (2015).

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