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Wicked Problem, New Solutions: Our Fire, Our Problem
Melbourne, Australia
The International Fifth Fire Behavior + Fuels Conference in

Thank you for attending the conference.

Thank you to those who attended the conference in Melbourne! We trust that you experienced a highly educational/engaging and entertaining week featuring selected keynote addresses, numerous plenary, concurrent, and poster presentations, panel discussions, vendor exhibits/displays, and other special sessions ( including workshops and field trips) that will advance the knowledge and practice of fire behavior and fuels management in the field of Wildland Fire and support sounds choices in fire management.

The conference was held in both Melbourne, Australia and Portland, Oregon, with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC supporting the event for the first time, with the International Association of Wildland Fire.

We are pleased to share the General Session Presentations from both the Portland and Melbourne locations.

5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference Keynote Presentations on Vimeo.

Keynote Presentation at 5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference April 2016

Wicked (Fire) Problems, Sweet (and Messy) Solutions presented by Ron Steffens, Professor, Green Mountain College; Fire Analyst and Incident Commander, Teton National Park; FBF Conference Co-chair

Fire is the Problem and Fire is the Solution Fire is the Problem and Fire is the Solution presented by Dr Kevin Tolhurst AM, Assoc. Prof., Fire Ecology and Management, Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne


5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference Joint Panel Session  on Vimeo.

Joint Panel Session at 5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference April 2016

How Do We Make the Complex Tradeoffs Necessary to Effectively Manage Fuels for Ecosystem Health and Public Safety?
Moderator: Tamara Wall, Desert Research Institute and Alan Goodwin, CFO, Dept. of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, VIC
Panelists: Lynn M. Decker, North America Fire Learning Network Director, The Nature Conservancy Zachary Prusak, The Nature Conservancy, Florida Fire Manager and Central Florida Conservation Program Director Leland W. Tarnay, Ecologist, Air Quality, Smoke, Landscape Fire, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Liam Fogarty, Director Knowledge and Community Engagement, Depart. of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Murray Carter, Director Office of Bushfire Risk, Depart. of Fire and Emergency Services, Sandra Whight, Manager Fuel Reduction Unit Tasmania Fire Service, Sarah McCaffrey, Research Forester, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service


IAWF 5th FBF Vicki Christiansen on Vimeo.

Plenary speech by Vicki Christiansen, association deputy director, US Forest Service, at the 5th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference. April 13, 2016. Portland, OR. International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF).

Who Attended this Event?

Thank you to those who attended the conference, we had great participation from government and non-government staff and volunteers at all levels, including:

  • Firefighters
  • Fire and Land Managers
  • Researchers and Scientists
  • Educators
  • Fire Management Consultants
  • Community engagement specialists
  • University Students
  • Members of the Public interested in planned burning
  • Folks with vested interest in dealing with wildland fire and bushfire in the future.

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