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FRIDAY - April 15, 2011
  TRACK ONE  
  • 5:00 pm
Conference Rules and Objectives

KEN ROYE - Conference Host

• 5:30 pm
Basics of Electricity and Electrical Effects in Wildland Fires

MARK A. RHODES P.E. Ph.D.
Rhodes Engineering,
Pleasanton, CA

• 6:30 pm
Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution

PAUL T. WAY P. E. CFEI, PI
CASE Forensics
Seattle, WA

• 7:30 pm
Power Line Forensics, Clearances and Evidence Collection

JEFFREY L. SELLON P.E.
Principal Engineer
Western Engineering
Research Corp.
Denver, CO
 
SATURDAY - April 16, 2011
TRACK TWO
TRACK ONE TRACK THREE
• 8:00 am
Insurance Industry Perspective on Governmental Fire Fighting Cost Recovery Actions

ROBERT G. CARR, CPCU, AIC, ARM
Senior Claim Analyst
Liberty Northwest Insurance Co.
Liberty Lake, WA


• 9:00 am
Auditing Issues in Fire Fighting Cost Recovery Actions
CHRIS PARKER (CDF Ret.)
BOB McALPINE (CDF Ret.)
McAlpine & Parker
Garden Valley, CA


• 10:00 am
Managing Tree-Caused Electric Service Interruptions
SIG GUGGENMOOS
Ecological Solutions
Alberta, Canada


• 11:00 am
Inverse Condemnation Theory and Railroad Defendants

THOMAS A. CREGGER ESQ.
Randolph, Cregger & Chalfant
Sacramento, CA

ALAN JANG
Jang & Associates, LLP
Walnut Creek, CA

• • • LUNCH BREAK

• 1:00 pm
Lightning Strikes or Power Line Arcing — Grizzly Gulch Fire
DR. DON LATHAM
Six Mile Systems LLP
Huson, MT


• 2:00 pm
Issues and Lessons From the Grizzly Gulch Power Line Fire Litigation
KEN BARKER, ESQ.
Barker Wilson Law Firm
Belle Fourche, SD


• 3:00 pm
Organizing Insurance Subrogation Damages Before, During and After Wildfires
ALAN JANG
Jang & Associates, LLP
Walnut Creek, CA

JOSEPH ASTLEFORD
Jang & Associates, LLP
Walnut Creek, CA


• 4:00 pm
Recent Developments in Wildfire Damages
RANDY GIMPLE, ESQ.
Carlson, Calladine & Peterson
San Francisco, CA

DAVID BONA, ESQ.
Carlson, Calladine & Peterson
San Francisco, CA


• 8:00 am
Wildland Railroad Fire Investigations
FRANK STEELE
Retired CDF Fire Investigator
Merlin, OR


• 9:15 am
Investigating Fires Aboard Passenger and Freight Trains

JOSEPH B. ZICHERMAN, Ph.D., SFPE
Fire Cause Analysis
Berkeley, CA

DENNIS FIELD, CFI
Fire Cause Analysis
Berkeley, CA


• 10:45 am
Evaluating Origin and Cause Reports

GARY L. WHITE
Fire Investigator
GL White and Associates
Bend, OR


• • • LUNCH BREAK • • •

• 1:00 pm
Wildfire Litigation - A View From Australia

DR. MICHAEL EBURN
Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

• 2:00 pm
Effective Expert Witness Testimony From the Trial Judge's Perspective

HONORABLE SCOTT SNOWDEN Retired Judge of the Napa Superior Court
Mediator

• 3:00 pm
Tour the Exhibits - Gain Some Insight

JOHN HARRIS
Landscape Economics, LLC
Plantation, FL

• 4:00 pm
Goaded into Action: California's Regulatory Response to the Power Line Fire Threat
DR. JOSEPH W. MITCHELL, Ph.D.
M-bar Technologies & Consulting
Ramona, CA



• 8:00 am
A Case Study of the Fire-Flood Sequence in Southern California
PHILIP J. SHALLER, Ph.D., PG, CEG
Senior Management Scientist
Exponent, Inc.
Irvine, CA


• 9:00 am
Fuel Treatment Science - Knowledge and Needs

PHILIP N. OMI, Ph. D.
Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University
Sebastopol, CA

• 10:00 am
Ignitability of Structures

JACK COHEN
Fire Lab
Missoula, MT


• 11:00 am
Geospatial Technologies and Geospatial Analysis
JOHN KOLTUN
Geographic Resource Solutions
Arcata, CA


• • • LUNCH BREAK

• 1:00 pm
Panel Discussion No. 1 — Conditions Under Which Wildfires are Beneficial

DR. SANDRA
RIDEOUT-HANZAK, Ph.D.
Moderator
Texas A&M University
Kingsville, TX

Panelists:
JAY LININGER
CHRISTOPHER A. DICUS, Ph.D.

• 2:30 pm
Panel Discussion No. 2 — Conditions Under Which Wildfires are Harmful

DR. SANDRA RIDEOUT-HANZAK, Ph.D.
Moderator
Texas A&M University
Kingsville, TX

Panelists:
DR. BOB ZYBACH, Ph.D.
MATT RAHN

• 4:00 pm
Fueling the Fire: The Economics of Liability Law and the Weak Incentives for Active Management of Natural Fuels

JONATHAN YODER
School of Economic Sciences
Washington State University



SUNDAY - April 17, 2011
TRACK TWO
TRACK ONE
TRACK THREE
• 9:00 am
People v. Oyler (Esperanza Fire) Liability Phase Trial
MIKE MAYMAN, ESQ.
Deputy District Attorney
Riverside County
Riverside, CA

DOUG ALLEN
Fire Investigator
Banning, CA


• 10:00 am
People v. Oyler Death Penalty Phase Trial
MIKE MAYMAN, ESQ.
MICHAEL HESTRIN, ESQ.
Deputy District Attorney
Riverside County
Riverside, CA

• 11:00 am
Prosecuting Corporations, Officers and Directors for Safety Violations
MICHAEL CABRAL
Assistant Chief Deputy DA
Yolo County
Woodland, CA


• 9:00 am
Contemporary Issues in Subrogation Litigation
SHAWN CAINE,ESQ.
Del Mar, CA

MARK GROTEFELD
Grotefeld & Hoffman, LLP
Chicago, IL


• 10:30 am
Defending Catastrophic Fire Loss Cases
JOHN V. McCOY
McCoy and Hofbauer
Waukesha, WI & Chicago, IL

• 12:00 Noon
Closing Remarks
KEN ROYE
Conference Host




• 9:00 am
Which Valuation Method is Best for Vegetation (Trees and Landscapes) and Land Improvement Damages? Hear Some Answers

JOHN HARRIS
Landscape Economics, LLC
Plantation, FL

• 10:00 am
Assessing Private and Public Damages for Lost Ecosystem Services

ROBERT E. UNSWORTH,
President
Industrial Economics, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

• 11:00 am
Plants, DNA and Forensic Science

DR. VALERIE HIPKINS
Director National Forest Genetics Laboratory,
Placerville, CA







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