## Inspiration

Throughout the course of this year and last year, I've read stories of families who have lost their homes to wildfires right here in California. I wanted to create something that, if not solve the problem, could help local governments and fire departments effectively combat wildfires.

## What it does

My code reads in data from the California State Government’s website that I put on a text file. Then it sorts the data by county and stores the values in a hashmap. The keys are the county names, and the hashmaps are Arraylists that contain the data about the fires. Using the data, my program then calculates a risk score for every county in California. A risk score is basically a score that shows the likelihood of wildfires occurring in the county. The code then displays the risk scores and other data in a table and a graph in two JavaFX scenes styled using css.

## How we built it

I put the data from the California State Government's website on a text file, and used what I learned from doing courses on LinkedinLearning, to code my project in Netbeans.

## Challenges I ran into

My first challenge was that I could not find a partner. This is my first hackathon, so I really wanted a partner for some guidance. Ultimately I never found a partner and started working by myself. I had some trouble in the beginning of coding when I was reading the data. To solve this challenge I looked at my coursework to figure out how to read the file. I also had some trouble calculating the risk score. I searched online how to calculate risk and I found a formula: Risk=Impact*Probability. I used this formula to calculate risk scores.

## Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I'm really proud that I was able to finish my project on time for my first hackathon. I'm also really proud of the program I created and the fact that it was made under 24 hours, which is just mind-boggling to me. I'm also proud that I was able to use what I learned in the past to create a project which I'm proud of.

## What we learned

I learned that you need to do a lot of planning before you start your project. I did not plan how to calculate risk scores before I started coding, and that made the project a lot harder.

## What's next for WildfireRiskScoresCalifornia(Here)

I hope to use more data, for accuracy, and expand my program to create predictions about the number of fires in future years.