What is Wildfire Analyst?

Wildfire Analyst is software that provides real-time analysis of wildfire behavior and simulates the spread of wildfires. Simulations are completed quickly, in seconds, to support real time decision making. For wildland fire, time is of the essence, and Wildfire Analyst was specifically architected to support initial attack situations, giving the Fire Chief and Incident Commander the critical intelligence needed to support resource allocation decision making.

Wildfire Analyst provides a range of analytical outputs, available as GIS maps and charts, that empower more accurate and timely decision making.  Whether through the desktop platform, or web and mobile enabled applications, capabilities and results are deployed to those who need it, when they need it, without delay.

Wildland Fire Incident and Resources Management Platform Integration

Wildfire Analyst is a software component of Technosylva’s incident management software suite, providing seamless integration with our fiResponse™ platform, to provide real time information about where a fire is likely to spread and what potential impacts may be – in seconds.  Wildfire Analyst provides critical information to support the resource dispatching and allocation.

Support For Any Platform

Wildfire Analyst can operate as a standalone desktop application ideal for FBANs and LTANs, or through our API integrated seamlessly into your custom desktop, web or mobile applications.  Originally developed to meet traditional FBAN needs, the desktop product provides a robust and comprehensive set of capabilities focused on the trained fire behavior specialist.

The rich capabilities of Wildfire Analyst have also been extended beyond the specific needs of fire behavior analysts to meet needs other than initial attack decision making.  Leveraging recent technology advancements, simulation capabilities are now readily available through web services and standalone mobile capabilities to enable analysis and decision making for any purpose.

Wildfire Analyst API

The Wildfire Analyst API provides capabilities to integrate the full range of modeling capabilities into custom applications on any desired platform – including mobile apps.  This is ideal for using custom or proprietary weather data services and deriving custom outputs tailored to a specific customer need.  The Wildfire Analyst API is ideal for use in the electric utility, finance and insurance industries where providing real time results, by integrating proprietary data, is essential to meet the unique needs of companies and their customers.

Seamless Data Integration

Contemporary fire behavior software tools required a high degree of specialization, training and effort in the preparation and conversion of GIS data to use the software.  Historically, this has been a limitation in using these tools for initial attack and real time applications. 

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. This greatly increases usability, allowing users to concentrate on interpreting simulation outputs, and making important decisions about how and where to deploy firefighting resources.

Performance When It’s Needed

Wildfire Analyst was designed to be used with a laptop or tablet at the incident command center, in the operations center, or directly on scene, providing outputs in less than a minute.  The software can use predefined weather scenarios, or current and forecasted weather obtained via web services, to model fire behavior and provide outputs within seconds.  This fast performance facilitates use of the outputs in real time, and allows for constant adjustment based on field observations and deployment decisions by the incident team.  Wildfire Analyst is a powerful tool in the arsenal of the incident team, providing simulations very quickly, and repeatedly as changing conditions dictate.

Comprehensive Fire Behavior Options & Outputs

Wildfire Analyst provides a comprehensive set of outputs for each simulation that is tied directly to the time stamp of the weather conditions and data inputs for an incident.  The real time performance allows you to create multiple simulations for an incident, easily and quickly, reflecting changing conditions and response tactics during the incident lifecycle.  Capabilities include:

  • Time of arrival and fire perimeters at any time interval desired
  • Conventional fire behavior outputs such as rate of spread, flame length, fireline intensity, crown fire potential, among others
  • High definition wind field generation, including seamless WindNinja integration, for a range of supported weather data options – current and forecasted web services, predefined weather scenarios, weather percentile, constant weather
  • Critical fire paths (minimal travel time)
  • Suppression capacity based on user defined criteria
  • Campbell Prediction System – alignment of forces
  • Fire front combustion and progression
  • Fire behavior calculator tool
  • Fuels mapping and adjustment based on observed conditions
  • Use of different simulation modes to support usage in different fire situations

Different Simulation Modes to Meet Different Needs

Wildfire Analyst supports several different simulation modes – not just conventional fire propagation.  To meet the full range of different user needs, different types of simulations are supported including:

  • Conventional fire spread simulations to derive fireplains representing time of arrival
  • Reverse time simulation using final fire perimeters to derive source ignition locations
  • Evacuation time simulation to derive firesheds that identify those locations most at risk during specific weather conditions, representing how long it will take a fire to reach critical assets and values at risk
  • Probabilistic mode for analysis of fire threat and burn probability allowing for thousands of simulations for a given location
  • Adjustment mode that integrates field observations of fire progression to adjust rates of spread factors that teaches the simulation engine to more accurately match expected spread of the fire. This is achieved in seconds.

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