By Kori Blankenship, Anthony Beauchaine, Don Helmbrecht and Jeannie Patton Keeping fuel data current over time is an issue faced by many wildland fire managers. The landscape changes constantly – due to natural events like wildfires and hurricanes, and human activities, such as forest thinning, prescribed fire, and development – and such changes quickly render […]
When considering fire behavior, shouldn’t we also consider what can be the “wicked problem” of uncertainty? Here, researcher Rachel Quill offers a look at the uncertainty of wind and how it affects fire modeling.
Gaia GPS shares the smartphone app and GaiaPro subscription to support and assist firefighters working in the field.
Wildfire Environmental USA Inc. and WATERAX are now officially operating as one. The company will continue operating in the United States as WATERAX Corporation, with our head office located in Vancouver, WA. Together, the companies will be working as one team, with one purpose – to help wildland firefighters move water with force, in the […]
Editor’s Note: With mapping tablets, web-enabled smartphones,Â satellite uplinks and real-time situational awareness tools, the future of fire intelligence is on the firelines now. We asked Tom Zimmerman, recently retired head of U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Management RD&A, to help us understand how the many promises of information technology may supportÂ the work of firefighters and […]
Over the past few years, fire and aviation management has been benefiting from changes in information technology. The most important change is the readily accessible mobile technologies such as smartphones, tablets and mobile applications. The benefits of these devices are increased mobility and the real-time or near real-time information transfer capabilities. This enables firefighters to […]
Because of the development of disparate documentation and analysis processes applicable only to specific fire types and situations, a new method for wildfire decision documentation and analysis became highly desirable for the wildland fire management program. As a result, a new system, the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS), was developed and put into use […]
The Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) web-based application â€¨leverages geospatial data to inform strategic decisions on wildland fires. A specialized data team, working within the Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application group (WFM RD&A), assembles authoritative national-level data sets defining values to be protected. The use of such high-quality trusted data ensures that […]
The USDA Forest Service, in partnership with other wildland fire management organizations, is leveraging new mobile technologies to better equip fire managers and firefighters to respond to increasing wildfire risk. The use of mobile technologies will provide greater information access leading to more informed decisions and increased on-the-ground situational awareness. A Mobile Technologies Integration Team […]