Pyrologix LLC was formed to provide specialized fuel characterization and wildfire modeling services to the United States Forest Service. Our client roster has since expanded to include non-governmental organizations, businesses, local and state government entities, and federal agencies in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Interior.

Pyrologix is based in Missoula, Montana, a small city in the northern Rocky Mountains. Missoula is home to premier wildfire and risk science research organizations like the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and Human Dimensions Program of the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis, and the SAF-accredited School of Forestry at the University of Montana.

Joe-ScottJoe H. Scott, Principal Consultant

Joe H. Scott, the founder and principal consultant at Pyrologix, has more than two decades experience in wildland fire science research, development and application. At Pyrologix and with previous employers, Mr. Scott has led projects related to surface and canopy fuel characteristics, wildfire behavior modeling, crown fire hazard assessment, and wildfire hazard and risk assessment. Joe is the lead developer of Nexus, a fire modeling system for assessing crown fire potential; the lead developer of FireWords, an annotated, illustrated glossary of wildland fire science terminology; a co-developer of FuelCalc, a system for computing summarizing and formatting ground, surface and canopy fuel characteristics for fire modeling; and the lead developer of a set of standard fire behavior fuel models for national application.

Joe earned a B.S. in Forestry and Resource Management from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana. He has been a member of the Society of American Foresters for more than two decades, and a member of the Association for Fire Ecology since its inception in 2000. In 2011 Joe formed an informal FSIM User’s Group to promote the application of Monte Carlo simulations in fire management planning. Mr. Scott has reviewed journal articles for Forest Science, the Forestry Chronicle, the International Journal of Wildland Fire, Fire Ecology, the Western Journal of Applied Forestry, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and the European Journal of Forest Research.

Please email us to request Mr. Scott’s curriculum vitae.


dsc_0075-240x3002Julie Gilbertson-Day, Spatial Wildfire Analyst

Julie Gilbertson-Day joined Pyrologix as a spatial wildfire analyst in 2014. She has nine years of experience in wildfire research, development and application, with emphasis on integrating resource and asset data with wildfire hazard information in wildfire exposure and effects analyses. Ms. Gilbertson-Day has experience with spatial data analysis, fire behavior modeling, and developing data processing tools for landscape- to national-scale projects. Her past research efforts include data and scale issues related to wildfire modeling and risk assessments, downscaling wildfire risk assessments, and analysis of historical fire occurrence and suppression expenditure data. Julie earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and a M.S. in Geography/GIS from the University of Montana.