Use of advanced concepts in dispatching fire control resources
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): B. S. Lee
Editor(s): Martin E. Alexander; Gordon F. Bisgrove
Publication Year: 1990

Cataloging Information

  • Alberta
  • Canada
  • computer programs
  • fire control
  • fire danger rating
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • geography
  • GIS
  • ignition
  • rate of spread
  • statistical analysis
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: May 29, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 35061
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9353
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: CAN Doc
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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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.

Online Link(s):
Lee, B. S. 1990. Use of advanced concepts in dispatching fire control resources, in Alexander, M. E. and Bisgrove, G. F., The Art and Science of Fire Management: Proceedings of the First Interior West Fire Council Annual Meeting and Workshop. Kananaskis Village, Alberta, Canada. Forestry Canada, Northwest Region, Northern Forestry Centre,Edmonton, Alberta. p. 137-147,Information Report NOR-X-309.