The Fire is Out... What's Next?

After The Flames

conference & workshop

April 6-8, 2020

Granlibakken Tahoe, CA

Draft Agenda

Featuring two tracks:
Practical Tools & Techniques for property owners, community leaders, agencies responding to fire.
Technical information for scientists, engineers, trainers, and consultants.

Breakout session topics include Strategies for Post-fire Flood Mitigation; The Dirty Work After the Fire; Understanding Flood Risks for the Community; Engaging Youth; Improving Understanding of Post-fire Impacts; Case Studies and Lessons Learned; Post-fire Hydrology.

12:30 Conference Open
12:40 – 1:40 Camp Fire Panel – Paradise Vice Mayor Mike Zuccolillo; Megan Kurtz California State University
1:40 – 2:20 Improving Interagency Post-Wildfire Disaster Response – Troy Timmons, Western Governor’s Assn; Mike Zupko, National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management
2:20 – 3:00 Strategic Networking
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 National Disaster Framework Interactive Workshop
5:30 – 7:00 Reception


8:00 Welcome
8:15 – 9:00 Keynote – TBD
9:15 – 10:15 Post-Fire Hydrology in the National Weather Service Since 2018 – Tony Anderson, National Weather Service; Katherine Rowdin, National Weather Service
9:15 – 10:15 Engaging Youth – Tony Mendes, FEMA; Disaster Communication – Laura Myers, Univ of Alabama; Post-fire Community Survey – Catrin Edgeley, Northern AZ Univ
10:45 – 11:45 Post-fire Runoff Response in California – Don Lindsay, CA Conservation; Jeremy Lancaster, CA Geological Survey; Brian Swanson, CA Geological Survey
10:45 – 11:45 Coconino County AZ Case Study – Jay Smith, Forest Restoration Director; Christopher Tressler, County Engineer; Mike Kellog, JE Fuller Vice President/COO
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Federal Program Updates – BAER, EWP, FEMA, SBA, HUD
2:15 – 3:45 Post-fire Planning and Response – Chris Sturm, Colo Water Conservation Board; Nina Oakley, Desert Research Institute; Forest Cannon, Center for Western Weather; Luke McGuire, Univ of AZ
2:15 – 3:45 Response Case Studies – Sara Sellers, Whiskeytown NRA; Tosha Comendant, Pepperwood Preserve; Patrick Gayner, Markit! Forestry
3:45 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:15 Long-term Ecological Restoration – Jonathan Long, USFS PSW Research Station; Rebecca Wyman, UC Davis; John Williams, UC Davis; Hugh Safford, USFS
4:15 – 5:15 Water Quality Impacts, Utility Experiences – Monica Emelko, University of Waterloo

8:00 – 11:45 Panel and Discussion – Post-fire Science Needs for Emergency Response, Hazards and Rehabilitation
8:00 – 11:45 Flood Prediction Discussion and Exercise – Gerald Blackler, Enginuity; Kevin Pilgrim, Coalitions & Collaboratives
12:30 – 5:00 Site Tour

Site Tour
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 12:30 – 5:00 PM
On June 24, 2007 embers from an illegal and abandoned campfire ignited the most destructive fire in Tahoe’s history. Stoked by strong winds and overgrown forests, the Angora Fire destroyed 254 homes and 3,100 acres in the Lake Tahoe watershed within hours. The unique environmental and social impacts, and recovery efforts will be examined in this rolling bus tour of the burn area. Lessons learned from this fire and recovery extend well beyond this incident.

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