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Forest Service, NASA upgrade online active fire mapping tool

“Today, the USDA Forest Service, in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is releasing a new online active fire mapping tool to better support fire suppression efforts in North America. The new Fire Information for Resource Management System US/Canada application will provide wildfire management teams and the public real-time access to data, maps and visualizations of active wildfires across the nation. Using NASA data, Forest Service’s Geospatial Technology and Applications Center tailored the app to meet the needs of wildfire response analysts and at-risk communities. The application provides wildfire managers, fire prevention personnel and the public real-time access to data, maps and visualization products of active wildfires across all forest lands. Examples of visualization products include 2-D and 3-D time-lapses of smoke, predictions of smoke/fire movement, fire temperature over time and more. According to GTAC director Deb Oakeson, wildland fire response is an interagency effort. Among other roles, the Forest Service helps to identify large wildfire incidents in coordination with other federal, tribal, state, and local partners…”

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