Proxix Solutions, a U.S.A. based innovator in developing GIS data, applications and Web services, has announced the availability of FIREbreak, its first comprehensive tool for accurately assessing risk determination for urban/wildland areas. Insurers have a growing concern with the increased losses due to brushfires, and since most brushfires usually start at the urban/wildland interface, the boundary between built-up areas and undeveloped, nonagricultural land with significant fuel loads, Proxix developed FIREbreak as a stand-alone product or to use in conjunction with its Brushfire/Fuel Rank product.
FIREbreak was created from a high-resolution grid covering 1/4 x 1/4 grid mile cells populated with the number of structures per cell. FIREbreak’s classifications enhance data for analyzing brushfire risk and do not rely on a simple urban/non-urban classification. FIREbreak identifies discrete residential clusters within the urban boundary and, when combined with Proxix’s Brushfire/Fuel Rank, spots clusters of housing adjacent to or near wildland areas and High and Very High brushfire risk areas.