WILDFIRE RISK FORECASTING
WEATHER • ASSET • IMPACTS
Integrating data, models and technologies with no user interaction.
Contemporary fire behavior software tools required a high degree of specialization, training and effort in the preparation and conversion of input GIS data to actually use the software. When time is of the essence, this limits the utility of these programs, especially for initial attack and real-time suppression activities.
Wildfire Analyst was specifically designed to address this issue, providing analysis capabilities for a range of situations and users, with minimal knowledge of GIS data required. Wildfire Analyst provides seamless integration with Esri’s ArcGIS with no conversion or pre-processing required. The mechanical steps in preparing data, common to other programs, is eliminated. This greatly increases usability, allowing users to concentrate on interpreting simulation outputs, and making important decisions about how and where to deploy firefighting resources.
Wildfire Analyst is proud to integrate these providers:
Wildfire Analyst Enterprise
Cloud-based subscription for wildfire risk forecasting and on-demand prediction simulations
Wildfire Analyst Enterprise enables access to super-computing capabilities for risk forecasting and on-demand prediction analysis. The cloud-based services are integrated with advanced weather prediction systems to facilitate daily risk forecasts using a 3-day horizon. Millions of fire spread simulations are conducted daily to derive accurate risk metrics reflecting where fires will spread and the possible impacts for those fires. The FireCast application facilitates access to the risk forecast using a 4-D map environment. The FireSim application provides real-time on demand spread prediction capabilities on both desktop and mobile platforms, leveraging the power of the weather prediction data, to support informed response decision making.
Example of territory wide risk forecast for a Santa Ana wind event.
Using Wildfire Analyst Enterprise’s timeline feature provides a 4-D operating environment for reviewing modeling outputs and risk forecasts. Users can quickly view temporal outputs with visual cues that indicate when fire behavior potential and impacts are worse for the forecast period. This allows users to focus on timeframes and areas of most concern.
The forecast timeline shows a 72 hour prediction horizon with colors to indicate the worse fire weather and potential impact times.
Wildfire Analyst Enterprise is the technology of choice for the California electric utility industry providing advanced wildfire risk modeling capabilities to support power shutoff analysis, mitigation and response, and asset hardening analysis. Integrating proprietary asset data enables wildfire risk analysis and consequence modeling tailored to the customer’s specific industry providing reliable and timely information to support public safety initiatives and financial analysis.