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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.