Wildfire simulation experiment set for Saturday, April 29

On Saturday, April 29, Salt Lake City residents will have a unique opportunity to attend a wildfire simulation event hosted by the Salt Lake City Fire Department and the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

This revolutionary 3-D simulation, called ‘Simtable,’ allows one to use an actual lighter to start a heat-sensored, computer-generated wildfire. The remarkably interactive model helps firefighters and residents learn about potential patterns and problems that a local wildfire could create.

The event is at 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building (located at 475 S. 300 East), and the public is invited to attend. Those who live in the Avenues, Foothill and East bench areas are particularly encouraged to attend because of the threat of wildfire sprawl in their areas. For information about the event, contact the Salt Lake City Fire Department at (801) 550-0121.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department serves a 97-square mile area, with a population base of 200,000 and an additional commuter influx of about 300,000 from surrounding cities. Salt Lake City is protected by 14 strategically located stations, which are divided into Battalion One (East side) and Battalion Two (West side).  Although SLC Fire specializes in urban structural firefighting and emergency medical services, it has specialty functions pertinent to the geographical layout of Salt Lake City, and its unique set of natural and human related hazards.

The CWPP is a group of Salt Lake City leaders — from fire fighters to environmentalists – who work together in the community to minimize wildfire hazards.

To get a glimpse of how Simtable works, visit www.simtable.com or go to YouTube and search for Simbtable videos.