2023 Wildfire Season Update

Recorded on: March 29, 2023


AccuWeather For Business experts will provide an update on the 2023 wildfire season, and preview the latest tools available to keep your business, people and assets safe.

Key Highlights

Our experts will provide you with an updated outlook on the 2023 wildfire season

Preview what areas could have an active wildfire season

Learn the challenges you could face before, during, and after a wildfire

Wildfire season can spark serious threats to your business and your people.

Wildfire season can spark serious threats to your business, assets, and your team's safety and health. Wildfires are fast-moving and unpredictable and an out-of-control fire can have significant impacts on your business, such as property damage, business disruptions, and supply-chain issues. Even if your business isn’t in the direct path of a wildfire, your business could still suffer indirect consequences. It’s important for businesses to be as prepared as possible.

Join our lead U.S. Long-Range Forecaster, Paul Pastelok, on Wednesday, March 29, at 2 p.m. ET, for a look at the 2023 wildfire forecast, plus learn how you can prepare for a wildfire. You’ll also get a preview of the new tools AccuWeather For Business has developed to make sure you have the latest warnings, which will help your company plan and stay ahead of dangerous conditions.

During this webinar you will: 

  • Get the 2023 wildfire season forecast update
  • Learn what areas are most likely to be impacted by wildfires
  • Explore how your organization can reduce disruption, risk, and liability
  • Learn how to drive revenue by leveraging weather risk mitigation services


Click here to download a copy of the powerpoint slides from this webinar. 


Paul Pastelok

Paul Pastelok

Lead U.S. Long-Range Forecaster

Paul Pastelok has been with AccuWeather for 30 years. He leads a team that provides clients with forecasts ranging from short-term to sub-seasonal and seasonal domains. Paul’s department has expanded globally and has developed long-range forecasts for Europe, Canada, South America, and Asia. Paul also has experience in commodity and drought forecasting. Paul has worked extensively with clients in radio, television broadcasting, and newspapers and now has a weekly, long-range podcast.

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Brian Fennessy

Fire Chief

As the Fire Chief of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), Brian Fennessy leads more than 1,700 firefighters and non-sworn personnel who collectively serve 2 million residents across 23 cities and unincorporated areas.

Chief Fennessy began his career in 1978 with the US Department of Agriculture’s United States Forest Service and the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management working as a hotshot crewmember and ultimately crew superintendent. In 1990, Fennessy joined the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and ultimately became Chief of Department in 2015. In 2018, he was appointed to Fire Chief of the OCFA.

As Chair of the FIRESCOPE Board of Directors, Chief Fennessy is an advisor to the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), currently serves as a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Western Fire Chiefs Association Wildland Fire Policy Committee; serves as the Sponsoring Agency Chiefs Representative for the nine West Division FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces; and a California Fire Chiefs Association Executive Board Director. In 2022, Chief Fennessy was recognized as CalChiefs Fire Chief of the Year.

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