This paper reports on the development of the Intelligent Fire Management Information System (IFMIS), a computer program for dispatching fire suppression resources to wildfires. The program uses a number of advanced concepts to provide information to fire managers for both strategic and tactical purposes. Specifically, IFMIS integrates data bases, mathematical modeling, computer graphics, geographic information displays, and expert systems. The addition of expert knowledge bases and agency policies provides the fire manager with a greater decision support capability than that provided by traditional data processing approaches. The use of new computer programming languages, in conjunction with high-speed personal computers now makes this technology cost-effective enough to deliver to both forest and district level dispatchers. Source: Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre. Abstract reproduced with permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 1999.