New Technology to Forecast Forest Fires is Being Adopted; Now There is an Urgent Need for Technology & Resources To Prevent & Fight Massive Wildfires


SITUATION:
Lighting starts many of the forest fires. Forecasting the spread of these fire is critical.
Network of remote weather stations, satellites, & super computers to predict the spread of fire.
Big data & new technology are being used for fire forecasting.
However, Fire officials still not sure what fires will do & models are only models

SIGNIFICANCE:
Data is being aggregated to simulate the movement & intensity of fires.
Modeling while contributing, appears not to be a complete tool for fire spread.

SOLUTION(S):
A web of fire stations, camera, & satellites provide vegetation & moisture levels.
Will help officials plan evacuations & power shutoffs.
Fire Technology comes from Technosylva now being used by Cal Fire & 3 utilities.
Rothermel model is mathematical equation to explain rate of fire spread.
Has been used for years to try to predict fire behavior & still relied upon.
Models focus on forecasting ground fires of grass & light brush.

SAYS:
“It’s a young science  but we are on the right track” – Joaquin Ramirez, president, Technosylva,
“It’s a model, and all models are wrong, We just don’t know where they are wrong” – Tom Rolinski, Edison Fire Scientist,

SOURCES:
“New Systems aim to forecast spread of wildfires” – LA Times,  926 2020
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE WORK OF MANAGING FIRES – https://www.iawfonline.org/article/information-technology-and-the-work-of-managing-fires/

 

 

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