Fire Protection Planning

Understanding a site, the unique fire environment that it presents, and how best to mitigate and plan for worst-case fire conditions requires fire protection planners that are well versed in the local natural environment’s landscape fire ecology and the latest fire protection technologies. We help you quantify and evaluate risk in natural and built environments to determine appropriate measures to minimize risk so that communities are safer.

Integrating Science and Planning

Our experts create implementable fire protection plans, hazard reduction plans and fuel management plans that help prevent wildfire damage by accounting for your area’s unique topography, vegetation, and climate issues. Working closely with our biological and CEQA professionals, we accomplish fire protection that avoids excessive habitat impact, while protecting neighboring structures.

Evacuation Planning

We have prepared numerous wildfire evacuation plans that are based on local emergency operations agencies’ evacuation planning procedures and incorporate fire spread modeling to evaluate most likely fire scenarios. Using GIS applications, we simulate ignitions to determine fire spread over time and time of arrival at designated points near a project. Our evacuation plans provide options where possible and make recommendations for developing contingency options, when necessary.

What We Do

Our multidisciplinary in-house specialties allow us to provide efficiencies that maintain project momentum.

  • Urban Forest Management planning
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Defensible Space Zone Management Plans
  • Fire Behavior Modeling (BehavePlus, FlamMap, FARSITE)
  • Fire Protection Plans
  • Fuel Modification Plans
  • Hazard-Reduction Program Development
  • Post-Fire Vegetation Assessments
  • Tree Inventory
  • Tree Maintenance Recommendations and Programs Development
  • Tree Risk Assessment
  • Wildfire Resiliency Planning
  • Wildland–Urban Interface Inspections and Assessments

Project Support

  • State Route 17 Wildfire Resilience Planning and Implementation

    Case Study

    See how Dudek helped Caltrans with wildfire resiliency planning and implementation by reducing vegetative fuel along SR-17 in Santa Clara County.

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  • Santa Barbara Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update and Program EIR

    Case Study

    Learn how Dudek prepared the CWPP update and Program EIR, as well as facilitated virtual public outreach to ensure that the community could be heard.

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