Advances in Wildfire Prevention Planning to Be Discussed at National Information Systems Conference

Jul 31, 2007, 01:00 ET from Dudek

    ENCINITAS, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Advances in wildfire
 prevention planning will be discussed by representatives from Dudek's urban
 forestry and geographic information system (GIS) consulting practices at
 the 45th annual national conference of the Urban and Regional Information
 Systems Association (URISA) to be held August 20 to 23 in Washington, D.C.
     "The public debate often focuses on spending for the highly visible
 element of wildfire suppression -- personnel and equipment," said Scott
 Eckardt, Dudek's licensed forester who will speak at the conference.
 "Wildfire prevention planning is a less visible component of fire
 protection, but it is now more effective than ever before."
     Sophisticated technology such as spatially-explicit fire behavior
 modeling lets foresters and fire officials analyze the physical nature of a
 potential fire using information about the fire environment. A precise plan
 can then be developed that includes improved brush thinning techniques to
 reduce fuel sources while preserving habitat and strategies for effectively
 responding to a wildfire emergency.
     "Striking the right balance between suppression and prevention offers
 the best hope for minimizing the wildfire threat," Eckardt said.
     Eckardt's co-presenter, Lisa Lubeley, is a certified GIS professional
 who will describe a variety of advanced spatial applications used
 specifically for wildfire prevention planning.
     Dudek has one of California's largest consulting practices in urban
 forestry and has helped numerous fire agencies develop wildfire prevention
 plans. The state has a particularly serious problem with fires in the
 so-called Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). The state's forestry division
 estimates approximately 12 million homes are located in 7.8 million acres
 with WUI designation. The WUI fire issue could become even more serious
 with the California's population expected to grow from 28 million to 50
 million people by 2050.
     About Dudek
     Dudek is a California-focused engineering and environmental consulting
 corporation that creatively solves regulatory challenges for municipal
 agencies and major land owners. The firm helps clients plan, design,
 construct and manage successful infrastructure and environmental projects
 that balance regulatory mandates and technical requirements within
 financial and scheduling goals. Founded in 1980, Dudek is headquartered in
 Encinitas in San Diego County with offices in Orange, Riverside, Los
 Angeles, Santa Barbara and Placer counties. For more information, visit or e-mail
     Christine Clinton