Understanding Fires

The problem that is rapidly getting worse.

the problem

There are 64,100 wildfires annually

Wildfires pose a serious threat to human life, wildlife and property.

As of October 1, 2020, over 44,000 wildfires have burned nearly 7.7 million acres causing an estimated $150 billion in damage.

It all starts with a spark
Whether its a burning ember that blows away from a campfire, lightning, heat from the sun, or, often, human error, wildfires all begin with a spark in the presence of oxygen and a fuel source.
Burning hotter
Conditions in the weather and environment determines a fires severity.

Fires need lots of fuel to grow. Overgrown forests and thick vegetation will fuel a fire to grow out of control.

Drought, winds and extreme heat will make the fire bigger, faster and more dangerous.
Spotted from above
At this point, current fire detection methods like NOAA’s GOES satellites will detect the wildfire.

Firefighters will be notified and deployed to begin combatting the blaze.
The fight begins
Firefighters begin using techniques and tools like firelines, back-burning, fire retardant chemicals and others to control the spread.
Humans vs. nature
Unfortunately, wildfires are increasingly becoming more severe and firefighters are finding themselves on the losing side. Largely due to increasing temperatures, frequent droughts and fire suppression efforts that have led to unnaturally overgrown forests, the average wildfire burns for 37 days until it runs out of adequate fuel supply.
As a wildfire burns out, firefighters go back and clean up along a completed control line. This consists of dousing any embers and spot fires that have made their way across control lines. It also involves protecting still-vulnerable fuels using a burnout or simply moving them.

Even once a wildfire has burned out, it often leaves behind millions of dollars in damage and an incalculable cost to human life from direct casualties and effects to air quality.
current solutions

Costly and error-prone

Currently, most fires are reported by 911 calls, commercial flights, or fire lookout stations. This inconsistent approach lets some wildfires go undiscovered for hours or even days.

Existing software solutions rely on low-quality data that refreshes sporadically between 12 and 48 hours allowing the same problems as legacy solutions to persist.

a new solution

A different perspective

We use 12 data sources and U-Nets to ensure our fire prediction algorithm beats the industry standard by every available benchmark.

Fion is the only solution offering fire prediction, fire detection, spread prediction and destruction estimation in a single application.

Fire prediction
Sourcing vegetation, weather, topography and other data, Fion identifies at-risk areas for fire.
Fire detection
Using our machine learning model and satellite images, Fion detects fires within hours.
Spread prediction
Fion alerts our clients where fires will spread hours and days in advance.
Destruction estimation
Fion calculates financial damages that would be caused by a fire to a specific area.

Learn more

What current methods exist to fight wildfires?

Are wildfires getting worse?

How are wildfires started?

Predicting Fires

Understanding the different factors that influence the severity of wildfires allows us to strategically source data and use our proprietary machine learning model to predict wildfires before they happen.