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The FiRE tool will better enable firefighters to place resources in the best positions to prevent extensive fire damage.
The FiRE tool will better enable firefighters to place resources in the best positions to prevent extensive fire damage.
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July 1, 2017

SDSM&T Professor Aids in Creation of New Fire Prediction Tool

A new firefighting tool expected to be ready to use late this summer or fall will provide a detailed look at potential fires in the region, according to KOTA News. The Fire Risk Estimation (FiRE) tool, which was created in part by State Fire Meteorologist Darren Clabo, utilizes data from satellites and meteorological devices to inform its predictions.

The FiRE tool will better enable firefighters to place resources in the best positions to prevent extensive fire damage. By determining which portions of land are the most vulnerable to fire, the tool will be able to predict which areas are most prone to fire and where they are likely to spread.

Funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information and NASA DEVELOP were used to develop the project in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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