Event Calendar

Monday, July 13, 2026

On Demand: Wildfires - Learning From the Past to Prevent the Future

Start Date: 7/14/2023 8:00 AM PDT
End Date: 7/13/2026 5:00 PM PDT

Venue Name: via Zoom

Organization Name: Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Maggie Sweeney
Email: maggie@wdtl.org
Phone: (206) 749-0319

Sponsor: Envista Forensics

Credit Card Payments Only

WDTL Members: $30

Non Members: $60

1 WSBA CLE credit

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Looking back at past events and understanding how they have shaped the wildfire investigation

I. Introduction This presentation will provide adjusters and legal professionals an overview of the last five years of wildfires, the largest fires (dollar v. acreage), and the impact beyond the fire. A quick look at the impact Envista Forensics has played in the West Coast wildfire landscape. Attendees will get an understanding of the difference between Public and Private investigations.

II. What is a wildfire?
• Changing High-Risk Areas
• High-risk states and the changing risk
• Future threats (New Urban interface & Debris flows)
Wildfire Investigations
• Public Responsibility
• Private Responsibility• Technology
History of Wildfire Investigations
• Historical timeline (past five years major fires)
• Current Issues
• CPUC & Envista

III. Can the Fire Service be wrong
Past fire investigations
• Case study (Tubbs Fire)
• Checks and balance

IV. How to work with the Public Agency
a) Relationships with the Fire Service
• How the private side can get in the door

V. Qualified Fire Investigators
• NFPA 921/1033
• Experience
• Personality

VI. How have fire investigations changed?
a) Social media
b) Historical data
c) High tech

Presented by Bryan Spitulski, Principal Consultant, Fire/Explosion, Envista Forensics

Mr. Bryan Spitulski is a Principal Consultant within the Fire & Explosion Division at Envista Forensics. He has over 30 years of professional and technical experience, conducting thousands of fire scene investigations in his multi-decade career. Bryan has expertise in commercial, residential, vehicle, and marine fire investigations. His career in fire service started in 1988 while in the US Army when he was deployed to fight the wildland fires in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, USA). After his honorable discharge from the US Military, he became a Fire Safety Specialist. As a Firefighter he has worked on hand crews for the US Forest Service where he was the Lead Sawyer for two years. He held numerous roles involving crash rescue and hazardous materials detection with various municipalities before beginning his career as a private fire investigator. Mr. Spitulski is a current Certified Fire Investigator with the International Association of Arson Investigators, as well as a licensed Private Investigator in the State of California. Bryan is based in Modesto, CA.

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