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Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire: An Elemental Approach to Fire Management- 2015 Fall CNH Workshop

  • Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150 United States (map)

Join us Oct 21-22 in South Lake Tahoe for two days of presentations, discussions, and networking. This year we'll be exploring the four elements and how they each contribute to fire and land management.  Presenters and organizers represent a diverse set of fire stakeholders from federal, state, local, and private fire-related organizations. All are welcome at the meeting!

The mission of the California-Nevada-Hawaii Forest Fire Council is to promote professional Wildland Fire Management practices, protect lives and property, and enhance natural resource values in California, Nevada, Hawaii, and our Pacific Partners.

The next meeting will be April 12-15, 2016 in Kauai, HI. Click here > for more information 

Presentation Slides PDF's

The speakers from this event have generously agreed to us posting their presentation slides in PDF form. Click the links to view the presentations.

Day 1- Morning 

Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE, California View PDF >

Mike Friend, NV Division of Forestry, Region FMO, Nevada View PDF >

David Smith, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaii View PDF >

Fire Science Exchange Network – Stacey Frederick, Coordinator of the California Fire Science Consortium & Génie MontBlanc, Great Basin Fire Science Exchange Coordinator View PDF >

The California Fire Safe Council – Jerry Davies, Chair View PDF >

Day 1 -Afternoon

An elemental approach to fire: Earth

Post-fire sedimentation modeling – Dr. Mary Ellen Miller, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) View PDF >

Tree mortality in Central California, Frank Bigelow,  CAL FIRE Fire Captain View PDF> 

An elemental approach to fire: Wind (Part 1)

Western Regional Climate Center tools you can use and a brief look at what El Niño means for CA/NV/HI– Nina Oakley, Desert Research Institute View PDF >

An elemental approach to fire: Water

Hydrology in a fire restored ecosystem- The Illouette Creek Basin of Yosemite – Gabrielle Boisrame, UC Berkeley View PDF >

Simulated effects of wildfire on water quality on the Mokelumne Watershed for the East Bay Municipal Water District using FlamMap and FARSITE – Carol Rice View PDF >

An elemental approach to fire: Fire

Utility safety around wildfire– Scott Holmquist,  Public Safety Specialist, PG&E View PDF >

LANDFIRE 101 & application tips – Frank Fay, USFS Business Lead View PDF >

 Day 2- Morning 

  An elemental approach to fire: Wind (Part 2)

Towards an Integrated Cyberinfrastructure for Scalable Data-Driven Monitoring, Dynamic Prediction, and Resilience to Wildfire – Dr. Illkay Altintas & Jessica Block, Qualcomm Institute at UCSD View PDF >

Earth, Wind, Water and Fire: An Elemental Approach. Keynote speaker: Dr. Peter J. Weisberg, University of Nevada, Reno View PDF >

Agency Updates:                                                                                                            

Pacific Island Updates View PDF >

USFS NV update View PDF >

Workshop information

Save the Date Flyer
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Download Final Agenda >


Conference Cost is $25 for both day if you register and pay before Oct. 18. Onsite registration will be $40 for both days. 


Accommodations at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel 

4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd. S. 
Lake Tahoe, CA  96150
(530) 544-5400

Room Reservations are open now! Call or reserve your room soon to get the group rate. 
Book by September 26, 2015


If you would like to have a table at the event please fill out this form (Download PDf >) and pay using the Paypal link below. 

Other documents for Vendors:

Download Information letter to Vendors >

More about the Council:

(Please note the CNH website is being updated and is currently unavailable) 

General Information:

The California – Nevada – Hawaii Forest Fire Council (CNH) was born from the foresight of a few dedicated wildland fire protection managers in 1955. These pioneers saw the need for close cooperation and coordination among people and agencies engaged in research to solve the wildland fire problems of California and Nevada (and, later, Hawaii). They observed that these fire problems were increasing in complexity and posed an immediate and growing threat to the states’ wildland resources and to the increasing population that depended on the wildlands as a source of many useful products, their home sites, their livelihoods, and recreation.

The history of CNH continues today with people who still share the same vision of the organization’s founders. Although many fire problems have been solved or mitigated over the years, many challenges remain. The burgeoning population in all three states has placed ever greater pressures on the wildlands, including the increasing incidence of wildfires.


The mission of the council is to promote professional Wildland Fire Management practices, protect lives and property, and enhance natural resource values in California, Nevada, Hawaii, and our Pacific Partners. The mission shall be achieved by: 
Providing an open forum for identification and discussion of issues related to Wildland Fire Management.

Encouraging and promoting wildland fire management research and development. Serving as a forum for technology transfer relating to Wildland Fire Management.
Promoting public awareness of wildland fire issues and concerns with emphasis on supporting and implementing "fire safe" activities