Interagency and Partner Resources

Are you a professional looking for useful links in wildland fire management?  Click here for links about incident-specific information, fire weather, analytical tools for fire behavior and smoke modeling, and more!


 Contents

  Managing Wildland Fire | Aviation | Partners in Wildland Fire  |
Prevention & Education  |  Wildland Fire Science  | 
Working in Wildland Fire |  Publications


Managing Wildland Fire (Resources)

A library of ArcGIS macros developed to streamline wildland fire behavior modeling and spatial analyses for fuel treatment planning.

The purpose of the Fire Program Analysis (FPA) System is to provide managers with a common interagency process for fire management planning and budgeting to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative fire management strategies through time, to meet land management goals and objectives. FPA will reflect fire objectives and performance measures for the full scope of fire management activities.

Public domain software for wildland fire managers.

Provides a global portal for wildland fire documentation, information, and monitoring.

Interagency all-risk incident information management system. Provides a single source of incident-related information and a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community.

Maps of current wildfires.

Includes the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.

National Interagency Incident Communications provides portable emergency communications, technical training, and airborne remote sensing imagery services in a professional, prompt and customer-oriented manner, while optimizing resources and minimizing risks.

Current hazards and conditions; fire situations; forecasts; outlooks; drought/precipitation; etc.

Thousands distributed across the country. Monitor weather and provide data on air quality, fire danger, and more.

Develops and tests equipment for wildland fire management.

Comprehensive list of predictive services, smoke models, smoke monitoring tools, and remotely sensed data from the National Interagency Fire Center.

Provides baseline information that allows southern fire managers to accomplish proactive fire management planning.

Share insights, tools, and approaches to combat fire-related biodiversity threats.

An internet-based information system that provides a national view of weather and wildfire potential. Includes national fire danger and weather maps and satellite-derived "Greenness" maps.

Provides chemical-related support to wildland fire managers in the Forest Service.

Combines desktop applications for fire modeling into a web-based system for easier data acquisition.

Provides an easy way for fire managers and analysts to accurately document their decision-making process by allowing results of analyses to be attached to the decision point and included in the final incident report.

Provides one decision process and documentation system for all types of wildland fires.

Is a web-based application for easier sharing of analyses and reports across all levels of the federal wildland fire organization.

Introduces economic principles into the fire decision process.

Aviation

Partners In Wildland Fire

Prevention & Education

The Committee is established to promote a better understanding of wildland fire through communication, education, prevention and outreach. Formerly known as the Wildland Fire Education Working Team, this site has products and resources that may be of use to specialists (see WFEWT archive section).

Fire Planners use the FPA Prevention Module (FPA PV) to simulate changes in the number of human-caused fires resulting from increasing or decreasing investments in prevention activities to determine the best mix of resources. http://www.fpa.nifc.gov/ and search on ‘prevention module.’

Smokey Bear wildfire prevention public service ads (PSAs) are available free of charge to media outlets who then donate air time or internet/print space. The PSAs are also available free of charge to federal, state, and local agencies or organizations who would like to spread the wildfire prevention message. Visit the Ad Council’s website to locate and download current wildfire prevention PSAs. 

The Economic Benefits of Wildfire Prevention Education
Researchers with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and the National Institute of Standards and Technology found that wildfire prevention education saved millions of dollars in the state of Florida between 2002 to 2007 through reduced spending on fire-fighting and a reduction in property damage. Another main finding was that media efforts, such as television and radio public service announcements, were the most successful wildfire prevention activities, followed by presentations to schools and homeowner associations.
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Tools for fire prevention/education specialists, including Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies, (RAMS) which provides a consistent process for developing prevention and fuels management programs, and a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "Wildfire Prevention Analysis and Planning Guide."

Wildfire Science (Resources) Wildland Fire Science

Research by the US Forest Service on the economics of wildfires in the southern and western United States.

Fire behavior, fire effects, fire and people, prescribed fire, smoke management, wildfire, and fire ecology of the ecosystems found in the southern U.S. and elsewhere.

Comprised of several regional research groups that study the atmospheric effects of wildland fire across space and time. Develops tools for the field and applies science to wildland fire management.

Provides a systematic method of exchanging information and transferring technology between wildland fire researchers, managers, and other stakeholders.

Uses technology to solve resource management problems having national significance.

Interagency research, development, and applications partnership. Solicits proposals from scientists. Focuses on science delivery once research is completed. Tailors wildland fire research in response to emerging needs of policymakers and fire managers.

Also known as the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Project. Provides consistent and comprehensive maps and data describing vegetation, wildland fuel, and fire regimes across the United States.

Provide weather-related data of potential interest to researchers.

Develops and tests equipment for wildland fire management.

 Working in Wildfire (Resources) Working in Wildland Fire

The HRSP Information Station is designed to help individuals serving in these positions, on wildland fire incidents, easily obtain the information needed to effectively fulfill their incident roleIncident Human Resource Specialist Position (HRSP) Information Station 

NWCG provides a formalized system of agreed upon standards of training, equipment, qualifications, and other operational functions.

Publications (Resources) Publications