Wildfire Danger and Damage Analysis
“The Wildland/Urban Interface has become a major fire problem that will escalate as the nation
moves into the 21st century” (Federal Wild land Fire Policy).
“Without a consistent process that
assesses wildland/urban interface
hazard and risk, values, and loss
experience, it is difficult to prescribe
appropriate mitigation measures”
(Federal Wild land Fire Policy).
- Conduct fire risk assessment, focusing on the potential for fire
severity based on vegetation (fuels) and topography and their effects
on the watershed using models of interrelations among pertinent
environmental and cultural factors.
- Identify possible vegetation management (thinning and prescribed
fire) strategies and actions for reducing fire risks and minimizing
- Acquire current, high resolution ortho-imagery of watershed
- Classify and map vegetation by fuel type (grass, shrubs, forests)
- Enhance high-resolution, multi-band imagery for assessing fuel
density and live to dead ratio by cover type.
- Integrate topography (slope and aspect) with fuels data using
Rothermal’s fire model
- Map fire risk severity using ARCINFO
- Model fire risks hazards subject to fuels management (alternative
thinning and prescribed fire options)
- Identify associated impacts on the watershed
Witch Fire Damage Survey Flight: 27 OCT 07
Fire Perimeter Intel
Airborne Intel Reports
Airborne Radio/Data Links
Command and Control Units
Dynamic Intel Solutions