Consistent with UC’s mission to serve the best interests of the State, the Fire Research Group is working toward the development and implementation of more effective technological solutions for uncontrolled fires in wildlands, cities and industrial complexes. It is our belief that by engaging a broad range of talent across the State of California and beyond, we can innovate new approaches to address this challenge for the State of California, the nation and the world.


Uncontrolled fires are a growing problem that will continue to vex countries around the globe and drain their resources. In the popular press, year after year there are fire-horror stories such as:

If this problem is ever to be managed effectively, harmonization of modern engineering technology and environmental science is going to be needed. The Fire Research Group (FRG) consists of researchers at UC Berkeley, The Space Sciences Laboratory (Berkeley), Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, industry and across that State of California that bring together expertise across a wide range of technological fields involving
  • Satellites, Telecommunications and data assimilation
  • Electrical Grid Technologies and Resilience
  • Combustion: pyrology, toxicology, fire retardant design, etc.
  • Large Equipment: water and human transport, etc
  • Computer vision, infrared technologies, etc.
  • Fire-fighter (carry-on) equipment: cameras, gas sensors, etc
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“drones”), Unmanned Ground Vehicles, robotics, etc.
  • Real time modeling and simulation and on-demand prediction
  • Health issues and epidemiology
  • Post disaster cleanup, detoxification and remediation

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