Research and development play a crucial role in advancing the application of technology and thought leadership to solving real world problems. Through research, we can identify new breakthroughs that can improve fire safety and firefighting efforts while supporting and stewarding our natural resources.

The Office of Wildfire Technology Research and Development

The Office of Wildfire Technology Research and Development serves as the central organizing hub for the state government’s identification of emerging wildfire technologies. The Office’s goal is to drive meaningful advancements and tap innovation from the public and private sectors. Subject to review by the Wildfire Technology Research and Development Review Advisory Board, the Office is focused on driving innovation and in constant search of the best and most effective technologies available in the ongoing battle against wildfire.

Advisory Board

Artificial Intelligence

AI improves wildfire suppression by detecting fires early, predicting their occurrence, guiding firefighting efforts, and aiding in post-fire analysis and restoration. It can analyze satellite imagery, weather and environmental data, and provide real-time mapping and tracking of the fire's progress. AI-powered drones can survey the area and offer information to firefighters on the ground.

Last Mile Connectivity

Last mile connectivity is crucial for effective wildland firefighting. It enables real-time data collection and analysis, allowing first responders to communicate and coordinate their efforts. This improves response times and safety, as it allows for the use of advanced technologies like sensors and drones.

IoT (Internet of Things)

IoT technologies can play a critical role in wildland firefighting by improving situational awareness, enhancing firefighter safety, and optimizing resource management. As the capabilities and adoption of IoT continue to grow, we can expect to see more innovative applications of this technology in the field of wildland firefighting.

Submit Information to the Office for Review

This form is for submitting information relevant to the OWTRD's focus on emerging technologies that may produce a meaningful advancement in how the industry prevents and suppresses wildfire. The OWTRD reviews each submission to assess its potential contribution to our mission.


Submission Form


The OWTRD seeks innovations that go beyond existing solutions, and we do not support sales or marketing efforts. 


Research and Development Contact Information

Office of Wildfire Technology Research and Development