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."
  • 2009 Fall Regional - GIS and Wildfire Management

    1. 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. 2. <ul><li>The period from 1976 to 1980 saw some of the most destructive fires in recent Wisconsin history </li></ul>Incorporating GIS Technology into Wildland Fire Management in Wisconsin Saratoga Fire (1976)—90 structures lost Oak Lake Fire (1980)--159 structures lost
    3. 3. <ul><li>The concept of structural “zones” and the creation of “zone maps” grew out of the need to address the lessons learned in these disasters </li></ul><ul><li>The first zone maps were hand-drawn on DOT maps and tediously colorized. </li></ul><ul><li>The development of GIS technology provided a tool to vastly improve the quality and usability of these maps </li></ul>Incorporating GIS Technology into Wildland Fire Management in Wisconsin
    4. 4. <ul><li>The creation of these zone map atlases requires close cooperation and data sharing between DNR and County Governments </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><ul><li>The Atlas was completed in April, 2007, and distributed to police, LE, and fire agencies in the County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Atlas was a Finalist for the 2008 Engineering Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Working together on the Atlas projects has led to County GIS staff participation in DNR Wildland Fire Incident Management Teams throughout the State </li></ul>
    7. 7. Atlas Uses and IMT Responses Wildland Fire Incident Response Training Tornadoes Flood Response
    8. 8. An “Up-to-the-Minute” Example of DNR/County GIS Cooperation
    9. 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. 10. Questions?

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