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Wildland Fire Seminar Series

In recent years, wildfire has gone from an infrequent and distant news item to a centerstage issue spanning many consecutive weeks for urban and suburban communities.  Frequent wildfires are changing everyday lives for California in numerous ways -- from public safety power shutoffs to hazardous air quality -- that seemed inconceivable as recently as 2015. Moreover, elevated wildfire risk in the western United States (and similar climates globally) is here to stay into the foreseeable future.

In this seminar series, we will hear from a spectrum of researchers, decision makers, and industry experts on some important issues and challenges related to wildland fires.  See the schedule below.

We will be starting of the series the first week exclusively on Zoom. Pending the status of COVID precautions, we anticipate having this seminar series using a Hybrid format with both live attendance and Zoom attendance. Please note that Zoom participation requires a SUNET ID. Non-Stanford attendees should contact Derek Fong ( for access.

Zoom Link can be found here
Password: 981857

Winter Quarter 2021-22 Schedule
Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. PST – Seminars are held via Zoom

Jan 12  |  Wildfire Mitigation and Protection: Which Expenses Make the Most Sense?
Michael Wara, Climate and Energy Policy Program, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Jan 19  |  Climate Change, Wildfires, and the Impacts on Health
Mary Prunicki, Sean Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research

Jan 26  |  Strategies, Approaches & Tools - Addressing Wildfire Risk & Climate Change Risk in PG&E's Service Territory
                   Andy Abranches, Wildfire Risk Management and Enterprise Risk Management, PG&E

Feb 2    |  Approaches to Constructing a Historical Database of Wildfire Evacuation Orders
                  Sam Heft-Neal, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Feb 9    | Improving the Fidelity of the WRF-SFIRE Coupled Atmospheric-Wildfire Simulation Model
                 Jeff Mirocha, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Feb 16  | Responding to Wildfires
                  Luke Bechman, American Red Cross

Feb 23  | Evaluating the Effectiveness of Interventions in Reducing Exposure to Wildfire Smoke Among Low-Income Hard-To-Reach Populations
                  Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

Mar 2    | Firewise Communities in California
                  Rebecca Miller, University of Southern California

Mar 9    | Stanford Wildfire Management Plan
                 Jessica Von Borck, Stanford Land Use Planning

This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West,  Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford Sustainability Data Science, and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.  

This seminar series is also intended as a springboard for students interested in participating in Spring Quarter's Big Earth Hackathon: Wildland Fire Challenge.  Attendees can expect to hear about some of the most pressing wildfire related problems requiring innovative solutions.

For more seminar info & non-Stanford access, please contact Derek Fong at