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FIRE - the Future of mItigating Rural firEs

Rural wildfires - new opportunities to counter a growing threat!

We live in a time when the number of extreme weather events is increasing, technological shifts are waiting just around the corner and the security situation is deteriorating. This increases the risk of rural wildfires, creating the need for new knowledge and an intensified cooperation between first responder organisations, technology manufacturers and forestry/agricultural industry.

Photo: Caleb Cook, Unsplash

FIRE analyses current societal changes that contribute to the risk of rural wildfires. A one-sided focus on individual underlying trends that drive these changes risks leading to misdirected efforts. FIRE therefore analyses the combined impact from climate change, the electrification of society, and the deterioration of the security situation in our immediate area. Based on this holistic understanding, FIRE also develops two new ways of working with related risk information.

Firstly, a new sensor platform to detect ignition risk in vegetation at a meter level; and secondly, new ways of collaborating. This ensures that relevant actors, such as organisations for first responders and civil preparedness, technology manufacturers and forestry/agricultural industry, can act together with regard to new technology such as e.g. detailed fire maps for ignition risk.

These results will be useful for the public, forest industry, agricultural industry, organisations for first responders and civil preparedness, and related parts of the academy. This is ensured through an outreach to relevant meeting places for practitioners; demonstrations of the project's technology for technology companies and authorities; and development of education and training materials for the management of ignition risk by the forest and agricultural industry. In this way, FIRE contributes to stimulating policy, service and product

Funded by: MSB, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency ( )

Project Duration: 2024.02.04 - 2027.07.01

Do you want to contribute to the project's goals? Want to know more about our results? Contact us for further information.

Interview with Fredrik Asplund

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Lead Researcher

Fredrik Asplund, KTH

Belongs to: Engineering Design
Last changed: Feb 28, 2024
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