Expert to discuss fuel treatments and high intensity fire in Nevada City |

Expert to discuss fuel treatments and high intensity fire in Nevada City

JoAnn Fites-Kaufman, Ph.D., will give a special presentation on the effectiveness of fuel reduction treatments on high intensity fire at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Fites-Kaufman has extensive experience in monitoring and researching the effectiveness of fuel treatments in changing fire behavior and effects. She created and led the Fire Behavior Assessment Team that measured fire behavior as it crosses through treated and untreated areas, on wildfires of all kinds. In 2014, she worked as a fire behavior technical specialist on the King Fire and conducted a fire behavior case study on events and conditions leading up to the large 50,000 acre fire run in a single day. Her collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Merced and the National Center for Atmospheric Research is ongoing to understand how much area in a landscape needs to be in a reduced fuel condition to reduce the likelihood of large, high intensity fires that create their own weather.

Fites-Kaufman is currently the regional planning ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service, with primary responsibility for forest plan revision. She has a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington, and a M.S. in Forest Science from the University of Georgia. She has worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 23 years as a forest ecologist and fire scientist.

This event is presented by the Firewise Committee of the Greater Champion Neighborhood Association and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County. There is a suggested donation of $5.

To learn more about Firewise Communities in Nevada County, or how to make your home more fire safe, visit the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County online at or by phoning 530-272-1122.

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