2009 Fall Regional - GIS and Wildfire Management

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  • This is probably the most popular picture to come out of the 2000 National fire season. Following is the story of the picture: "The Elk Bath picture was taken by the Alaskan Type I Incident Management Team on August 6, 2000 on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River on the Sula Complex. This photograph was taken with a digital camera and is not available in high resolution. If you use this photo, please credit the Alaskan Type I Incident Management Team. Photographer: John McColgan, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Fire Service."

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  • 1. GIS and Wildfire Management DNR / Wood County Partnership Preparing for Emergency Response Wisconsin Land Information Association Fall Regional Meeting October 20, 2009 – Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 2.
    • The period from 1976 to 1980 saw some of the most destructive fires in recent Wisconsin history
    Incorporating GIS Technology into Wildland Fire Management in Wisconsin Saratoga Fire (1976)—90 structures lost Oak Lake Fire (1980)--159 structures lost
  • 3.
    • The concept of structural “zones” and the creation of “zone maps” grew out of the need to address the lessons learned in these disasters
    • The first zone maps were hand-drawn on DOT maps and tediously colorized.
    • The development of GIS technology provided a tool to vastly improve the quality and usability of these maps
    Incorporating GIS Technology into Wildland Fire Management in Wisconsin
  • 4.
    • The creation of these zone map atlases requires close cooperation and data sharing between DNR and County Governments
    • DNR wildland fire staff worked together with Wood County Planning and Zoning and Emergency Management staff to create an “Emergency Response Atlas” for the County
  • 5.
      • The Atlas was completed in April, 2007, and distributed to police, LE, and fire agencies in the County
      • The Atlas was a Finalist for the 2008 Engineering Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • 6.
    • Working together on the Atlas projects has led to County GIS staff participation in DNR Wildland Fire Incident Management Teams throughout the State
  • 7. Atlas Uses and IMT Responses Wildland Fire Incident Response Training Tornadoes Flood Response
  • 8. An “Up-to-the-Minute” Example of DNR/County GIS Cooperation
  • 9. Using the 1994 level of data availability yields a very general map The data shared by the Counties this fall has yielded a far more accurate representation of the level of development across the state
  • 10. Questions?