2019 Wildfire Conference Adressing the Challenges of Bushfire Management
Presentations Notes 2019: DAY 1 (Tuesday Nov. 12th, 2019).
On web app suporting the localisation of firebreaks
(Gabriele Di Stefano, Pierpaolo Vittorini University of L’Aquila - ITALY)
Fireﬁghting is the set of activities aiming at preventing and extinguishing unwanted ﬁres. In terms of prevention activities, one of the actions that are commonly taken is the construction of ﬁrebreaks.
Fire breaks are areas in which all the vegetation and organic matter are completely removed. They are designed and built for denying a ﬁre of feeding further with any combustible material and prevent the ﬁre to extend towards populated areas and important buildings. However, even if through the creation of ﬁrebreaks it is possible to avoid the propagation of ﬁre between adjacent areas, it is impossible to create ﬁre-ﬁghting lines every where, since their construction have an economic, ecological landescape impact.
Within the scope of the GEO-SAFE EU Project, the paper describes a prototype of a web-based application able to support stakeholders in the task of ﬁnding the location of ﬁrebreaks within a territory, by also calculating the total cost of their installation and evaluating the risk that a ﬁre can reach valuable areas (e.g., with people, assets, or vegetation).