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Esri's solution for wildland fire management


Wildfire incidents have claimed lives, destroyed thousands of structures, prompted evacuations, and impacted localities. The expanding population and extreme weather conditions have magnified the impact of these incidents. Communities in the wildland urban interface must become more resilient and capable of surviving wildfires. ArcGIS offers a unique set of capabilities for applying location-based analytics to your wildfire preparedness, response, and recovery practices.

Integrated solutions for wildland fire management

Risk analysis for the wildland interface

Identifying wildfire risk in a community allows public safety agencies to prioritize those risks. This enables wildfire mitigation efforts, planning, and the ability to make data-driven decisions to deploy resources. First, you must acquire information about what is occurring within your community. The data will be used to identify both current risks and historical trends. GIS provides the ability to present this data in a visual perspective that easily communicates the risk within a community. It also allows public safety officials to analyze multiple datasets to determine how these risks will impact citizens, infrastructure, and the environment.

Deploy and track resources

Esri technology and solutions support federal, state, and local agencies' emergency response activities. These agencies use Esri technology to provide seamless data sharing, improved communications, and more efficient resource management. Esri supports emergency operations centers daily with resource management and operational response solutions. Mapping and dashboard products are prominent in an emergency operations center where they provide real-time decision support for ongoing incidents.

Communicate with authority

Citizens need access to information before, during, and after an incident to assess their personal risk and determine when to act. But information without context is hard to understand. Esri puts your information in the context of location—where hazards exist, where evacuation zones are located, and where to evacuate when needed. GIS supports an agency's public information program through the use of visual data. Communicate to the public with an authoritative voice using powerful, detailed, digital maps designed to scale when the public and media need them most.

Real-life use cases

Extending GIS in the Field for Resource Advising


See how GIS was used for fire incident and resource management during the Ferguson Fire.

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