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.
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
http://www.dudek.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.