Best Practices for Utility Wildfire Mitigation Planning

Best Practices for Utility Wildfire Mitigation Planning

June 11-12, 2024 | Online :: Pacific Time

The severity of escalating wildfire threats has reached a critical threshold, primarily due to the prolonged duration of wildfire seasons and the increasing size of fires. In response, states are enacting new requirements for utilities to submit Wildfire Mitigation Plans (WMPs) or Natural Disaster Protection Plans. These initiatives are designed to improve utility wildfire safety by focusing on the mitigation of ignition risks arising from their own infrastructure. The development of wildfire mitigation strategies demands collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders. It’s crucial to consider wildfire risk in specific communities, with an emphasis on long-term resilience. Effective use of data is imperative in understanding and proactively strategizing for potential risks.  

EUCI’s Best Practices for Utility Wildfire Mitigation Planning course will address the essential processes, tools, and capabilities required for utility-driven mitigation efforts. Register now to gain systematic long range risk reduction strategies for utilities and the communities that they serve.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review best practices on how to prepare wildfire mitigation plans
  • Identify how to tailor wildfire mitigation plans to address specific services areas and risks
  • Discuss the importance of communication between stakeholders in developing wildfire mitigation plans
  • Assess trends in vegetation mitigation strategies
  • Examine regulatory considerations by state
  • Review wildfire mitigation methodologies
  • Assess the value of data in developing mitigation strategies
  • Identify key concerns in power safety shut-off policies
  • Examine a variety of engineering strategies in mitigation efforts
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of situational awareness in creating a wildfire mitigation plan


    Tuesday, June 11, 2024 : Pacific Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In and Welcome

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Course Timing


    9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Introduction

    • Overview
    • Objectives

    9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Regulatory Landscape

    Navigating utility wildfire mitigation planning involves achieving tangible outcomes. This session explores evolving state regulations and utility responses. Insights from various states will be discussed.

    10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

    10:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Evaluating Wildfire Risk

    Understanding fire risk is the cornerstone of mitigation planning. This segment covers comprehensive risk assessment and the integration of data-driven strategies.

    • Methodologies
    • Modeling
    • Data Assessment
    • Data Sources
    • Data Considerations
    • Addressing Limitations

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

    12:30 – 2:00 p.m. :: Situational Awareness

    The role of Situational Awareness (SA) spans wildfire phases: preparedness, detection, response, suppression, mop-up, and reclamation. This session will examine SA in wildfire response planning.

    • Strategies from California’s Investor-Owned Utilities
    • Fire Potential Index (FPI)
    • Public Information
    • Red Flag Indicators
    • Evaluating Large Fire Potential
    • Defensibility
    • Agency Utilization

    2:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

    2:15 – 3:45 p.m. :: Vegetation Management

    Sustainable utility vegetation management programs are typically focused on managing wildfire ignition, asset protection and cost. This session highlights adaptive approaches, technologies and solutions for vegetation management.

    • Leading Trends
    • Breaking Down Utility Departmental Barriers

    3:45 – 4:15 p.m. :: Performance Metrics and Monitoring


    Wednesday, June 12, 2024 : Pacific Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Course Timing


    9:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Wildfire Mitigation Strategies

    Wildfire prevention practices reduce or eliminate fire risk by removing or reducing heat sources, modifying fuels and reducing the likelihood of a heat source coming in contact with ignitable fuels. This session explores how mitigation strategies are integrated into WMPs.

    • Best Field Practices
    • Responses to Escalating Fire Weather Conditions
      • Optimal System Operations
      • Engineering Solutions

      10:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Public Safety Power Shutoff

      Investor-owned utilities have the authority to enact public safety power shut offs to mitigate wildfire risks. This session will detail the factors to consider when adding PSPS procedures to a utility wildfire mitigation plan.

      • Timeline Considerations
      • Precautionary Measures
      • Communication Strategies Before, During, and After

      11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Fire Response Strategies

      • Agency Collaboration & Response
      • Formulating Effective Agency Relationships
      • Building a Fire Classification System
      • Internal Fire Intelligence Communication


      Scott Lindsay, President, BKI Engineering Services

      Scott has been a public power advocate and involved in the energy industry for over 25 years. He currently serves as President of BKI Engineering Services (BKI) and CEO of the Utility Resource Collaborative (URC). As an engineering services firm, BKI identified a need for utility wildfire mitigation support early in 2019. This work led to a broader effort to provide a standardized approach to wildfire mitigation planning and resulted in the creation of the Utility Resource Collaborative (URC). URC is a web-based utility resources company that partners with content collaborators, including BKI, to provide access to its national library of commonly needed utility tools (including state-specific Wildfire Mitigation Plan templates and the Daily Situational Awareness Tool).

      Scott brings his strong industry relationships, insights, and board-level capabilities to spearhead BKI’s Wildfire Mitigation Team. He understands that engineering, policy, procedures, financials, and operations are all influenced by wildfire considerations. As such, he is a sought-after speaker on wildfire mitigation planning and has presented numerous times before state, regional, national, and international audiences.

      Online Delivery

      We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

      • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
      • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
      • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
      • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


      Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

      If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


      Best Practices for Utility Wildfire Mitigation Planning

      June 11-12, 2024 | Online
      Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

      Volume pricing also available

      Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

      Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
      Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
      Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

      Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 10, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800



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      EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this course.

      Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

      Participants must log on each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

      Instructional Methods

      Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and Q&A will be used in this event.

      Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

      Course CPE Credits: 11.0
      There is no prerequisite for this Course.
      Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
      Program Level: Basic
      Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
      Advanced Preparation: None

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      Who Should Attend

      • Electric Utility Leaders
      • Utility Risk Management Professionals
      • Utility Grid Planning and Operations Specialists
      • Utility Transmission and Field Services Personnel
      • State and Federal Agencies
      • City Planning Agencies
      • Mitigation Specialists
      • Policy Makers
      • Researchers
      • Corporate Communication Specialists
      • Insurers
      • Consultants
      • Fire Prevention and Mitigation Technology Providers