Bureau of Land Management computerized fire-danger rating system
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Albert L. Comiskey
Editor(s): Charles W. Slaughter; Richard J. Barney; George M. Hansen
Publication Year: 1971

Cataloging Information

  • aircraft
  • computer program
  • fire danger
  • fire danger rating
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • firefighting personnel
  • interior Alaska
  • land management
  • rating system
  • south-central Alaska
  • storms
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 2212
Tall Timbers Record Number: 21398
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.32/2:F54 1971
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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In 1967, the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska began producing isoline maps of buildup index by hand on a daily basis. These maps proved to be operationally valuable. In 1969, it was proposed that the isoline maps and other fire-danger ratings be produced by machine. By the middle of 1970, a complete fire-danger rating package, including isoline maps, was being machine-produced on a daily real-time basis and disseminated to a variety of users within 4 hours of observation time. This paper describes the system by which the data are processed, the form of the output, and the method of dissemination.

Comiskey, Albert L. 1971. Bureau of Land Management computerized fire-danger rating system. Fire in the Northern Environment - A Symposium. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. pp. 129-137.