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General Technical Report

Title: Computer evaluation of existing and proposed fire lookouts

Author: Mees, Romain M.

Date: 1976

Source: General Technical Report PSW-019. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 6 p

Station ID: GTR-PSW-019

Description: A computer simulation model has been developed for evaluating the fire detection capabilities of existing and proposed lookout stations. The model uses coordinate location of fires and lookouts, tower elevation, and topographic data to judge location of stations, and to determine where a fire can be seen. The model was tested by comparing it with manual detection on a National Forest in California. By using this simulation technique, planners can rank lookouts on a common objective basis, and will be able to plan more efficient flight routes into unseen areas of a lookout for detecting fires by aircraft.

Key Words: Lookout stations, fire management, simulation, computer programs

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Mees, Romain M.   1976.  Computer evaluation of existing and proposed fire lookouts  General Technical Report PSW-019. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 6 p.

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