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Update on the American fire

American fire as of 8-25-13.Fire Status from Incident Report: The south, west and north perimeters of the fire remain in patrol status. This is due to completion of fire lines and minimal to no hot spots being detected inside the fire line in these areas. Crews have spent the past several days conducting burning operations adjacent to the Mosquito Ridge Road, along the eastern perimeter. These burning operations have consisted of fire fighters lighting low intensity (“cool”) fire with the intent of reducing ground fuels between the fire perimeter and the main fire. This tactic has been highly successful as it reduces the potential of the main fire escaping containment lines, and reduces the potential for spot fires to escape containment lines. Crews will continue these burning operations through the night. When burning operations are completed, these same crews will follow the burning operations by detecting and extinguishing any remaining hot spots.

American fire as of 8-25-13 from ESRI online. With increased containment of the fire, additional fire crews have begun work repairing areas affected by fire fighting activities. This has included chipping material piled next to roads during fire line construction as well as identifying needs to construct water control devices along fire lines throughout the fire area.

Forest visitors are asked to adhere to area and road closures. These closures are in place to protect visitors and fire fighters. The roads and areas that have been closed are unsafe due to fire-weakened, burned trees that pose a risk of falling, as well as frequently heavy smoke making visibility extremely poor. These areas and roads will be re-opened as soon as possible.

Some resources:

We will keep you posted.

For more on the SNAMP project see: http://snamp.cnr.berkeley.edu/

This was originally posted on http://kellylab.berkeley.edu/.

 

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 3:40 AM
Tags: fire (13), snamp (9)

Update on the American fire

As of 8-22-13 - American fire moves into treatment area.Fire Status from Incident Report: Crews continued to mop up on the west and north sides ofthe fire to prevent any fire from potential hotspots from crossing established containment lines. This area will be patrolled by airresources today. Last night fire crews continued to hold and improvecontainment lines on the north-east and east sides of the fire. Aggressive fire suppression efforts have stopped fire movement southto south-west along the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the AmericanRiver. Efforts to contain the fire along the more difficult steep andhazardous terrain on the south and south-east perimeters has been verysuccessful and that area will now be patrolled for hotspots. Strongwinds produced hotspots outside the line on the north-east corneryesterday. Infra-red equipment detected these and were quicklyextinguished by crews. Crews will begin repairing areas damaged by firefighting activity. The fire is established in Antoine, Manilla and Scewrauger Canyons andbelow the Barny Cavanah Ridge. Consumption of heavy fuels willcontinue to contribute to smoke in surrounding areas.

Some resources:

We will keep you posted.

For more on the SNAMP project see: http://snamp.cnr.berkeley.edu/

This was originally posted on http://kellylab.berkeley.edu/.

 

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM
Tags: fire (13), snamp (9)

American fire burns near SNAMP sites

The American fire is burning into our SNAMP study areas as of yesterday. Here is a snapshot of our study site and the fire perimeter (red) as of yesterday. SNAMP control (yellow) and treatment (purple) watersheds are shown.

The American Fire burning in heavy fuels on extreme slopes about 10 air miles northeast of the community of Foresthill, California, and eight air miles south of Interstate 80 has grown to 14,765 acres.

Some resources:

Incident Report: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3624/

We will keep you posted.

For more on the SNAMP project see: http://snamp.cnr.berkeley.edu/

This was originally posted on http://kellylab.berkeley.edu/.

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5:53 PM
Tags: fire (13), remote sensing (37), snamp (9)

Fall 2013 GIF Workshops Scheduled - ANR welcome

The Fall 2013 schedule of workshops has been posted! Check them out at: http://gif.berkeley.edu/support/workshops.html.

Workshops include:

  • Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Environmental Science Focus
  • Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Social Science Focus
  • Intro to Global Positioning Systems (GPS): Working with Garmin receivers
  • Intro to Remote Sensing: Understanding digital imagery
  • Intro to Remote Sensing: Pixel-based analysis
  • Intro to Remote Sensing: Land cover change analysis
  • Intro to Remote Sensing: Object-based image analysis (OBIA)
  • Intro to Open Source GIS: Working with Quantum GIS (QGIS)
  • Intro to species distribution modeling
  • Creating your own web maps

ANR members are invited to attend. GIF workshops offer hands-on applications oriented training in a variety of geospatial topics. Workshop fees are available at a subsidized rate of $84 for all UC students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff. Workshop fees are $224 for all non-UC affiliates.

Originally posted on http://kellylab.berkeley.edu/blog/ - check it out!

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:35 AM
Tags: training (11)

IGIS Retreat 2013

We just concluded our first IGIS Program all-hands-on-deck retreat. We evaluated our program components and made huge progress on planning for the future.  Key in our discussion was GIS Training for ANR, and linkages with the ANR Research and Extension Centers (RECs). The IGIS Program components include:

  • GIS Services Center: If you are in ANR and need help with your GIS Project, check out the ANR Services Center!
  • Training: We are developing a curriculum of GIS training.  Stay tuned! The first session ("Intro to WebGIS for ANR" involving Google and ESRI products) will be scheduled by the end of 2013.
  • ANR InfoBase: We are developing a database of REC related data and research project information.  These data will be made available through an online webGIS portal that is linked to other similar and complementary efforts statewide (including HOLOS).  
  • ANR EON: Eddy covariance towers and climate sensors will be placed at each ANR RECs. All sensor data will be available to ANR and other researchers. Check out Todd's post on setting up one of these towers.

Originally posted on http://kellylab.berkeley.edu/blog/ - check it out!

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:49 AM
Tags: igis (46)

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