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2014 PROGRAM
FRIDAY - April 25, 2014
  TRACK ONE
MAIN ROOM
 
  • 5:00 pm
Opening Comments

KEN ROYE - Conference Host

• 5:30 pm
Transmission and Utility Equipment and Their Relationship to Wildfires

KEN PRITTEN, P.E., C.F.E.I.
Engineering Design
& Testing Corp.
Concord, CA

• 6:30 pm
What the Heck is a SCADA System and What Does It Tell The Investigator?

PAUL T. WAY, PE, CFEI, PI
CASE Forensics
Mountlake Terrace, WA

• Adjournment For Evening
 
SATURDAY - April 26, 2014

TRACK TWO
TRACK ONE
MAIN ROOM

TRACK THREE
• 8:00 am
Enterprise Liability: Reviewing and Revitalizing Liability for Corporate Groups
MEREDITH DEARBORN, ESQ.
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Oakland, CA

• 9:00 am
Case Management Orders in Complex Litigation
CRAIG SIMON, ESQ.
SUE MUNCEY
Berger & Kahn
Irvine, CA

• 10:00 am
Top 10 Myths About the Defense of Wildland Fire Claims
RANDY GIMPLE, ESQ.
Carlson, Calladine & Peterson
San Francisco, CA

• 11:00 am
Professional Responsibility – Aggregate Settlement Rule Issues
GARRY HUBERT, ESQ.
Hubert & Yasutake
Concord, CA

JEROME FISHKIN, ESQ.
LINDSAY SLATTER, ESQ.
Fishkin & Slatter LLP
Walnut Creek, CA


• • • • LUNCH BREAK • • • •

• 1:00 pm
Components Parts Products Liability

KHALDOUN BAGHDADI, ESQ.
Walkup, Melodia,
Kelly & Schoenberger
San Francisco, CA

• 2:00 pm
Federal Claims Litigation
WESLEY R. HIGBIE
Attorney at Law
San Mateo, CA


• 3:00 pm
NFPA 921 and Private/Public Access

KIRK W. SCHMITT, IAAI-CFI
Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
Englewood, CO

WAYLON PICKETT, ESQ.
Grotefeld Hoffmann Schleiter Gordon & Ochoa, LLP
San Francisco, CA


• 4:00 pm
Game Theory Applications in Mediation

HONORABLE SCOTT SNOWDEN
Retired Judge of the Napa
Superior Court
Mediator

• 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
2014 FI-210
Bridge/Refresher Course
BRENDA J. RICE (SHULTZ)
Special Agent U.S. Forest Service Investigation Subcommittee
Durango, CO

PAUL STEENSLAND
Paul Steensland & Associates
Grants Pass, OR

ALAN CARLSON
Alan Carlson & Associates
Chico, CA

FI-210 has been revised and the new course will be published and available, along with the handbook, in Spring of 2014. While much of the old content has been retained, there are a number of new additions and changes. For fire investigators and others that do not wish to take the new, week long course, this course has been developed as a bridge/refresher course for those who have taken the previous version of FI-210. This 12 hour course will run as a single continuous track throughout the conference. The course will be taught by members of the NWCG subcommittee that prepared the revision. This course will start with a brief overview of the changes and the reasons why they were made. The remainder of the course will focus on the three main units that underwent the most revision: Fire Behavior and Fire Patterns, Methodology, and Documentation. As time allows, parts of other units that were revised may also be presented.



• • • • LUNCH BREAK • • • •


• 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2014 FI-210 - continued
Bridge/Refresher Course











• 8:00 am
Economics, History and Law: The Economic Evolution of Wildfire Suppression and Lessons for Contemporary Policy
DEAN LUECK
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

• 9:00 am
Timber Valuations and Appraisals

MARK RASMUSSEN, ESQ.
Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc.
Portland, OR


10:00 am
The Uses and Limitations of Monte Carlo Wildfire Simulations for Assessing Wildfire Damage

JOE H. SCOTT
Pyrologix LLC
Missoula, MT


The FSim large-fire simulator has been used for almost 10 years as a basis for wildfire risk assessment and land management planning. FSim has also been used in wildfire litigation to assess wildfire damage. This presentation describes how Monte Carlo simulators like FSim work, the type of results they produce, their potential uses and limitations in litigation.

• 11:00 am
A Retrospective Approach to Valuation of Natural Resources in Wildland Fire Litigation

SVETLANA SEMENOVA, MS
Exponent
Maynard, MA

Wildland fires in California have been growing larger, more intense, and harder to control, and monetary damages sought and recovered by the government have been greater than ever. Intangible environmental damages is the category with the widest range of potential liability for which no quantification technique currently exists for use in fire litigation. We conducted a retrospective analysis of eight cases for which monetary awards have been made for wildfire-related intangible environmental damages. We developed a scale for intangible damages ranging from $18/acre to $1,600/acre that is aligned with environmental attributes of the affected forest land.


• • • • LUNCH BREAK • • • •

• 1:00 pm
Fire Weather 101

JAN NULL
Golden Gate Weather Services
Saratoga, CA

• 2:00 pm
Which Experts Do I Need For My Damage Claim?

JOHN HARRIS, MS, MBA, BS, AAS
Landscape Economics LLC Hollywood, FL

After meeting a property owner to learn about their fire damages, or after getting the Claim Demand Letter and some expert reports from a Plaintiff, an initial step for attorneys is identifying what types of experts, or areas of expertise, are needed to either support the damage claim or defend against the damage claim. Spending money on experts is a cost for both sides of damage claims and that continues to be a concern; and for some claims, we have reviewed what was considered unmanageable for the attorneys involved. We will look at some example fire damage claims for residential and commercial properties, the elements of damages that were included, and what elements usually take experts to explain (for liability or for damage restoration costs). We will also discuss how the use of experts has confused or expanded the claim resolution process beyond what may have more readily resolved it.

• 3:00 pm
Climate Change and Wildland Fire Damages

CHRISTINE LEE
Industrial Economics, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

SUNDAY - April 27, 2014

TRACK TWO
TRACK ONE
MAIN ROOM

TRACK THREE







• 9:00 am
Advances in GIS Tools for Fire Litigation
JOHN KOLTUN
Geographical Resource Solutions
Anchorage, AK

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


• 10:00 am
Sacred Grounds Valuation and Jurisdiction in Native American Law
DAVID SHAW, ESQ.
Shaw Law Group
Portland, OR





• 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
2014 FI-210 - continued
Bridge/Refresher Course
BRENDA J. RICE (SCHULTZ)
Special Agent U.S. Forest Service
Chair - NWCG Wildland Fire Investigation Subcommittee
Durango, CO

PAUL STEENSLAND
Paul Steensland & Associates
Grants Pass, OR

ALAN CARLSON
Alan Carlson & Associates
Chico, CA





• 12:00 pm
Adjournment & Closing
KEN ROYE








• 9:00 am
Prevention From a Timberland Owner’s Perspective
ALAN JANG, ESQ.
Jang and Associates
Walnut Creek, CA

ARNE HULTGREN
Roseburg Resources Co.
Weed, CA

• 10:00 am
What Makes a Competent Ignition Source? Experimental Techniques for Answering the Fundamental Question

ERIK CHRISTIANSEN
Exponent
Los Angeles, CA

The term “competent ignition source” is often used to describe the cause of a wildland fire, however there is frequently debate as to what constitutes a “competent ignition source.” Forest fuels tend to be non-uniform in composition and arrangement, while simultaneously exposed to constantly varying environmental conditions (wind, temperature, humidity, etc…). As a result, ignition in a wildland setting is so incredibly complex that a purely analytic approach is often intractable. Consequently, conducting properly set-up experiments can frequently be the only conclusive technique for answering this fundamental question.







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