Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.
Fang Ren, Ph.D.
Geographic information system (GIS) technology is a valuable tool when it comes to assessing and managing the emergency response to wild fire. Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR) recognized a need to deliver a GIS-based system to assist them with more rapid response to wildfire incidents and to prioritize creation of firebreaks, and the benefits of the technology to describe an automated solution that responds to fire when identified. This document outlines the procedures for using GIS to provide a solution for this problem in JOTR. The solution involved producing Python scripting tools to prepare the data for subsequent input to geoprocessing tools and designing a web-based application that would help the fire dispatch center understand where a response is needed. The web application enabled the user to identify the fire incident location using different types of searches, identify the shortest path to the fire from the fire station, and identify the best places for the firebreak.
AlSharif, M. (2010). Fire Emergency Management System for Joshua Tree National Park (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/1