The Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application (RD&A) program promotes the application of wildland fire scientific knowledge, develops decision support tools, and provides science application services to the interagency wildland fire community. The Wildland Fire Management RD&A serves as a primary point of contact for communication between scientists and fire managers and as a liaison between research, wildland fire planning and operations, and interagency wildland fire IT groups. The RD&A advises program administrators at local, regional, and national levels.
The staff of 19, located throughout the continental United States, includes Fire Application and Technology Transfer Specialists, GIS Specialists, Air Resource Specialists, and Data Managers. These specialists provide support through fire behavior analyses and long-term assessments, GIS and decision assistance, strategic operational planning, reporting guidance, regional multi-agency coordination, expanded dispatch, decision support, and Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) technical support. While the Wildland FIre Management RD&A typically provides these support services remotely, this year many of the 19 staff members travelled to fires throughout the United States. Five went to Alaska, six to Northern California, five to the Pacific Northwest, four to the Northern Rockies, and three to the Great Basin to provide on-the-ground support during active fires for over 94 incidents - 50 in the month of August alone – so far this year. Support will continue through the fall.