Refuge Notebook: Managing Wildfire with Data

When you think of data-driven careers, the natural resource field is probably not the first profession that comes to mind. I envision a guy or gal sitting behind a super computer in the Silicon Valley running algorithms and crunching data.

But data and analytics have found their niche in almost every profession in the world. As a sports fan, I notice that sports broadcasters commonly have a guest analytics expert to narrate decisions made by head coaches and managers.

Fire management officials use data and analytics as aids in the decision-making process as well. Some firefighters eventually become fire managers, trading in their fire boots and pulaskis for a computer. We multitask computer applications to manage information during a wildland fire.

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