Wildfire Technology Management Summit 2024

April 23-24, 2024 - Pasadena, CA, United States

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 devastating fire seasons in 2021 and 2022, the challenge in 2023 was 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, approximately 66,255 wildfires impacted 7.5 million acres – 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 fifth 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.

Main Themes Include:

  • Interagency Collaboration
  • Aerial Firefighting
  • Communications Tools and Infrastructure
  • Geospatial and Remote Sensing Technologies
  • Risk Management

2024 Conference Chairman

  • Kim Zagaris, Wildfire Policy and Technology Director, Western Fire Chiefs Association

2024 Speakers

  • Joe Tyler, Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
  • Angela Coleman, Associate Chief, US Forest Service
  • Brian Rhodes, National Director, Fire and Aviation Management, US Forest Service
  • Jeff Rupert, Director, Office of Wildland Fire, Department of Interior
  • Gordy Sachs, Chief, All Hazard & International Fire Support Branch, US Forest Service
  • Brian Marshall, Chief of Fire & Rescue, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
  • Daniel Berlant, State Fire Marshal, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
  • Scott Gregory, Deputy Director, Technology, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
  • Ben Miller, Director, Center for Excellence for Advanced Technology, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
  • Kim Connors, Executive Director, The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre
  • Ben McGrane, Assistant Director, Incident Procurement Operations, US Forest Service
  • Ian Meier, Executive Director, BC Wildfire Service
  • David Greer, Director of Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, BC Wildfire Service
  • Brian Fennessy, Fire Chief, Orange County Fire Authority
  • Sean Triplett, Branch Leader for Tools and Technology, NIFC, US Forest Service
  • Chris Tubbs, Fire Chief, Southern Marin Fire District Mill Valley Fire Department
  • Jeff Marsolais, Associate Deputy Chief, US Forest Service
  • Tami Parkinson, Program Manager, Wildland Fire Research, Development and Applications Program, US Forest Service
  • Haris Riris, Program Manager, FireSense, Earth Science Technology Office, NASA
  • Michael Falkowski, Program Manager, Applied Sciences Wildland Fire Program, Earth Science Division, NASA
  • James Bailey, IT Branch Chief, US Forest Service

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The Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave, 91101
Pasadena, CA, USA

Tel: +1 626-792-2727

Group Rate: $209 per night, excluding applicable taxes and fees

Reservation Method: Reserve your room by clicking on this reservation link. We have reserved a selection of rooms at a discounted group rate, subject to availability

Cut-off date: Monday, 01st April 2024 (After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only.)