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Use of GIS and Social Networks Help Fight Colorado Wildfires

Predicting where a dangerous wildfire is going to start can be very difficult, but geographic information systems (GIS) can quickly analyze geographic data about fire-contributing conditions to aid in effective wildfire planning and prevention. "GIS is an ideal technology to predict the characteristics of a wildfire because it excels at analyzing multiple data layers," says Gabe Schmidbauer, GIS professor at American Sentinel University. "The complex nature of wildfire dynamics requires the analysis of multiple disparate datasets such as housing, vegetation and weather for wildfire planning and prevention and can help predict when the current conditions are right for a wild...

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