Conference Day Two

11:45 - 12:00 Logging Into Online Event and Joining Online Meeting Rooms

12:00 - 12:30 Collaboration on the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS)

Dr. Vincent Ambrosia - Assoc. Program Manager - Wildfires, NASA HQ

Gaining insight into comprehensive fire regimes and effects across the world is a major challenge. Parties in Europe and the US are collaborating on the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS) Initiative in order to evaluate wildfire at a global level and to provide tools to support operational wildfire management from national to global scales.


Dr. Vincent Ambrosia

Assoc. Program Manager - Wildfires

WIFIRE is a program started by UC San Diego, LA and Orange County that consists of a laboratory and aerial firefighting recon and response team that together conducts fire modelling and simulation of potential paths for wildfires which they then use to communicate to firefighting teams on the ground. Members of the WIFIRE team will speak about their experiences and potential application of similar programs for local, state and federal agencies.


Jessica Block

Spatial Data Scientist
UC San Diego


Timothy Werle

Los Angeles Fire Department

13:00 - 13:30 International Perspectives on Wildfire Prevention and Response

Daniel Buckley - Wildland Fire Director, National Park Service

Australia’s most recent wildfire season has been devastating, burning over 18 million acres and killing 34 people and over half a billion animals. In this session, attendees will hear about the Department of the Interior’s role in international mobilization of fire fighters for the Australian Bushfire


Daniel Buckley

Wildland Fire Director
National Park Service

13:30 - 14:00 Break

Controlled burns of vegetation and other potential fuel sources are a necessary part of wildfire management. In this session, members from the Tall Timbers Researcher Station and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) will discuss the latest technologies being used in effective prescribed fires.


Kevin Hiers

Wildland Fire Science Program Director at the Tall Timbers Research Station
Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

14:30 - 15:00 Advancing International Cooperation on Wildfires

Ian Meier - Executive Director, British Columbia Wildfire Service

There are numerous opportunities for cross-agency equipment and information sharing to better manage wildfires. This panel of firefighters from agencies in the Canada will discuss areas of current and potential collaboration for preventing and suppressing wildfires.


Ian Meier

Executive Director
British Columbia Wildfire Service

15:00 - 15:30 Retrospective on the 2019-2020 Australian Bushfires

Paul Baxter - Comissioner, Fire and Rescue New South Wales, Australia

The 2019-2020 wildfire season in Australia was devastating. However, the coordinated response by wildfire personnel in numerous agencies across Australia was necessary for effective fire suppression. This session will look at how NSW approached fire suppression during the bushfires and target new and effective preventive and predictive strategies for mitigating wildfires in the future.


Paul Baxter

Fire and Rescue New South Wales, Australia

15:30 - 16:00 Integrating Remote Sensing and Geospatial for More Effective Fuels Management

Emerging technologies such as heat and smoke monitors and thermal cameras are all ideal for monitoring potential and active fuels for wildfire. Integrating these technologies with geospatial software gives agencies the power to better predict, prevent and detect wildfire conditions. Members from the groundbreaking ALERT Wildfire Program will give a brief on the successes and potential for greater integration of remote sensing technologies.

16:00 - 16:30 Joining Online Meeting Rooms, End of Online Day 2