FUEL MAPPING AND FIRE PHYSICS
Available: July 2022
The summary report will include:
- A qualitative evaluation of the impacts of elevated tree mortality and surface fuel buildup on fire risk over 20 years
- An evaluation of the opportunities for using this information to enhance near-term and long-term fire risk forecasts and projections; a description of a new fuel measurement and mapping system and models of non-steady fire spread and behavior
- A summary of the findings of laboratory simulations
- A recommendation on the next research steps for advancing knowledge, tools, and technologies for assessing fuel loads, fire spread, and locations of elevated tree mortality
FIRE SCIENCE TEAM
Pyregence is developing a protocol for sampling forest fuels and integrating the information into a thematic map. We’re using satellite imagery and aerial LiDAR, combined with field measurements, to characterize vegetation types and the amount, size, depth, and nature of forest fuels in granular detail.
These factors will then be entered into spatially explicit fuel models, which will help researchers, electric utility companies, and fire management agencies improve their decision-making and reduce risk to communities and utility infrastructure.