Conference Day Two - Wildfire Prevention, Prediction and Detection

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration and Morning Networking

8:50 am - 9:00 am Chairperson’s Welcoming Remarks

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.

Dr. Graham Kent

Professor, ALERT Wildfire Program
University of Nevada, Reno


Dr. Douglas Toomey

Professor, ALERT Wildfire Program
University of Oregon

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)

10:30 am - 11:15 am Morning Networking & Refreshment Break

11:15 am - 1:00 pm Using WIFIRE for Modelling, Prediction and Response

Timothy Werle - Captain, LAFD
Jessica Block - Spatial Data Scientist, UC San Diego
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.

Timothy Werle



Jessica Block

Spatial Data Scientist
UC San Diego

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Geospatial - Climate and Weather Informed Monitoring

Robert Swofford - Remote Sensing and Fire Weather Unit Leader, Bureau of Land Management
Continued advancements in climate monitoring and meteorological tracking have become an integral tool for wildfire prediction and prevention. Representatives from the National Interagency Fire Center will discuss how they collaborate with various government agencies and private satellite providers to predict, pinpoint and understand climate and weather and climate patterns to better predict wildfire conditions and potential paths.

Robert Swofford

Remote Sensing and Fire Weather Unit Leader
Bureau of Land Management

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) tools are increasingly being pioneered for use in understanding wildfire paths and impacts by delivering high quality maps alongside artificial intelligence platforms and data analytics software. Representatives from NASA Jet Propulsion Lab will discuss the organization’s aerial fire reconnaissance fleet’s use of LiDAR mapping technologies and associated programs such as FDAS.

Dr. Natasha Stavros

Wildfire Applied Science Research and Development Leader
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab


Dr. Vincent Ambrosia

Assoc. Program Manager - Wildfires

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Post Conference Networking