Comprehensive Open Source Development of Next Generation Wildfire Models for Grid Resiliency


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Comprehensive Open Source Development of Next Generation Wildfire Models for Grid Resiliency
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project will develop next-generation wildfire risk models at both local and statewide scales to help ensure resiliency of the electric grid in the near- and long-terms in the face of the growing wildfire risk under climate change. Specifically, the project will: 1) Develop methods to optimize location planning for future meteorological stations; 2) Analyze major historical fire events; 3) Advance the science of fire behavior in areas of elevated tree mortality through laboratory experiments coupled with comprehensive characterizations of forest fuel profiles to develop new fuel models; 4) Develop computationally efficient near-term risk forecast fire-spread models; and 5) Develop long-term wildfire scenario models.

Contact Information

Alex Horangic
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Spatial Informatics Group LLC
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Berkeley, Merced, Petaluma, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Francisco
Alameda, Merced, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sonoma
Other Location Info
See Attached NOE for detailed list of locations

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
This project is exempt under categorical exemption section 15306 Information Collection because the project involves basic; data collection, research and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a disturbance to an environmental resource. This project is also exempt under categorical exemption section 15301 Existing Facilities because the project will involve the operation of existing laboratory facilities to do fuel testing and will involve negligible or no expansion of that existing use


Notice of Exemption

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