In the face of a changing climate and the increased frequency, intensity and length of wildfires, the need to effectively mitigate them is becoming increasingly important around the world to prevent the loss of lives, damage to property, infrastructure and ecosystems.
After devasting fire seasons in 2021 and 2022, the challenge in 2023 is unlikely to be tamed without appropriate prevention and management technologies and countermeasures. In 2021, almost 6,000 structures, both residential and commercial, were burned. In 2022, at the time of writing, approximately 48,500 wildfires have impacted 6.2 million acres already this year in the U.S. - gravely impacting human development and communities.
Accordingly, numerous U.S states and the federal government are increasing budgets to respond to the growing risk of wildfires to ensure that wildfire agencies are equipped with the latest technologies and tools.
As such, we will explore the latest advancements in technologies that can be leveraged by fire agencies, the importance of bolstering interagency collaboration and international efforts - comparing technologies, tools, techniques, workflows and best practices for wildfire management around the world.
The fourth iteration of Wildfire Technology Management
will help bridge the gap between industry, wildfire agencies and academia to better prevent, detect, suppress, and mitigate these destructive wildfires moving forward.
We look forward to welcoming you in 2023!
Main Themes Include:
- Interagency Collaboration
- Aerial Firefighting
- Communications Tools and Infrastructure
- Geospatial and Remote Sensing Technologies
- Risk Management
2023 Conference Chairman
- Kim Zagaris, Wildfire Policy and Technology Director, Western Fire Chiefs Association
- Brian Fennessy, Fire Chief, Orange County Fire Authority
- Jeff Rupert, Director, Office of Wildland Fire, Department of Interior
- George Geissler, State Forester for Wildland Fire Management, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
- Jerome "Jerry" Perez, National Director, Fire and Aviation Management, US Forest Service
- David Green, Program Manager, Disaster Applications, NASA
- Ben McGrane, Assistant Director, Incident Procurement Operations, US Forest Service
- Curtis Brown, Deputy Director, Fire Protection, CAL FIRE
- Brian Marshall, Chief of Fire & Rescue, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
- Chris Tubbs, Fire Chief, Southern Marin Fire District Mill Valley Fire Department
- Mike Morgan, Director, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
- Johann Georg Goldammer, Chief, Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
- Tim Sexton, Program Manager, Wildland Fire Research, Development & Applications Program, US Forest Service
- Dr. Chris Dicus PhD, President, Association for Fire Ecology
- Gordy Sachs, Chief, All Hazard & International Fire Support Branch, US Forest Service
- Kim Connors, Executive Director, The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre
- Douglas Cram, Associate Professor and Extension Forest and Fire Specialist, New Mexico State Universit
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