Case Study: U.S. Forest Service
Challenge(s)Fires started in forests can be very difficult to locate and fight when they are in their early stages. Many examples of small fires that go undetected until they erupt into infernos come to mind. The tragic Waldo Canyon blaze near Colorado Springs, Colorado is a good example. It was sparked near a busy trail, close to a highway. People smelled it and crews searched intently for it, but it could not be located until its size had increased dramatically. By then it was out of control, and ultimately it cost lives, destroyed property, and consumed an enormous amount of firefighting and other resources before it was under control.
ResultsRecognizing the problem, Interagency Fire Managers embarked upon a project to systematically integrate data from all facets of their organizations and share it in a live feed for those who need it most. Operations, Planning & Analysis, Dispatch, and Resource Location information is now being pulled into a very successful real-time collaboration between fire management agencies to help both firefighters and the fire managers who support them. The National Interagency Fire Center’s Enterprise Geospatial Portal (EGP) is the result of their hard work and dedication.