Incident Meteorology: Weather Prediction in Wildfire Management

Darren Clabo, State Fire Meteorologist

Managing large and complex incidents such as wildfires goes well beyond the act of fire suppression. Incident management teams (IMTs) are assembled and assigned to wildfires to provide field support in operations, finances, logistics and planning. This talk will focus on the role that the incident meteorologist plays within an IMT while assigned to a wildland fire. Clabo, an incident meteorologist since 2010, will draw on his experiences over the past decade to discuss how both the weather and weather forecasts impact all aspects of wildfire management. He will also address several new innovations in the field and how incident meteorology will likely evolve in the coming years.

STEAM Café is a series of free informal talks by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology faculty and staff, as well as visiting experts. The series is a partnership between the university, South Dakota Public Broadcasting and Hay Camp Brewing Company.

An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, STEAM Café is held at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Hay Camp. A food truck will be available at each STEAM Café for meal purchase, and handcrafted beer will be available for purchase from Hay Camp. 



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