Tools and Resources

Principles of Operation


The Center offers rapid, real-time access to quality data products that can assist professionals in decisions on the management of wildfire events, fuel treatments, and fire prevention activities.


Center products and applications incorporate the full range of available data affecting fire and fuel management conditions. Center products include visual displays and maps to provide immediate, recognizable portrayals of landscapes that can assist managers who require full information to address fire events.


The development of data products within the Center are directed toward the needs of managers to address those critical-path functions to manage fire events, fuel treatment operations and fire prevention activities. Center products are tested and evaluated with a sample of resource professionals to make improvements and modifications that respect user needs and capabilities.


The dynamics of forest and grassland ecosystems require continuous evaluation and updating of landscape data. The rapid changes of climate and fire behavior during fire events require adaptive data systems that can characterize changing fire suppression conditions. Center products possess the flexibility to be updated and improved as real-time information is delivered, providing the most accurate and timely data to fire mangers and decision-makers.


Quality control standards are built into information and data application products. Field verifications of materials are incorporated into protocols for application development and testing.


Data applications possess detailed content on resource conditions that can be integrated with other natural resource information systems. Geo-spatial references within the Center's data products allow the information to be applied in the planning and implementation of vegetation management operations, wildlife habitat improvements, and other landscape level natural resource management activities.


The Center's databases and information products are designed to allow immediate archival of records and events. Efficient and comprehensive archival methods ensure that future operations will have accurate, dependable, and permanent records of prior events.