As increasingly widespread and destructive wildfires continue to threaten communities across the United States, planners and allied professionswillplay a crucial role in not only local recovery, but also long term mitigation. While a variety oftoolsfor natural hazards such as flooding and coastal storms are widely accepted bypractitioners, planners are less familiar with similar tools for assessing and planning for wildfire risk and mitigation. However, the USDA Forest Service in partnership with Headwater Economics andunder the direction of Congress, hopes to change that dynamic with their new website and wildfire risk visualization toolWildfire Risk to Communities.
This PIE webinar will focus on this emerging web-based platform in informing planners on wildfire risk, specific techniques for determining long term mitigation through planning, and how map-based wildfire visualization can help to fill critical gaps in the wildfire hazard mitigation toolkit.
Attendees of this webinar will: (1) Geta live demonstration on how to useinteractive maps, charts, and resources available for every community, county, and state in the U.S.; and (2) Learn how the website and downloadable resources can help land use planners, emergency managers, elected officials, and fire managers prioritize actions to mitigate risk.
APA Research Manager Joe DeAngelis, AICP, will moderate this webinar. He will be joined byKimiko Barrett, PhD,lead wildfire researcher and policy analyst forHeadwaters Economics;Greg Dillon,spatial fire analyst with the USDA Forest Service;andFrank Fay,applied fire ecologist in the Fuels and Fire Ecology Programwith the USDA Forest Service.