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Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS)
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Other Decision Support Documentation Processes

 

Process Status:

All Federal Agencies are required to document decisions on wildfires that escaped initial attack in the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). Additionally, Federal agencies may also be required to publish decisions in WFDSS for other types of wildfires (reference current agency policy for wildfires that require published WFDSS Decisions). The States of Idaho and Montana use other tools to analyze and document their decisions, i.e. Montana uses the Incident Situation Assessment process and Idaho uses the Wildland Fire Situation Analysis or WFDSS, depending on the zone.

Process Implementation:

In 2010, the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group (NRCG) issued guidelines for decision documentation to eliminate conflicting direction to incident management teams, emphasizing the importance of full engagement of all agencies in the development and communication of the strategic planning process.

Guidelines:

1. Each agency will decide which document they will use.
2. This should be documented in local operating plans.
3. In the event of a multi-jurisdiction incident, agencies will identify which documents will convey their final management decision.
4. The Delegation of Authority will incorporate these planning documents and will clearly communicate the intent of the leader(s). The Delegation of Authority will be signed by all agencies.

Process Support:

For support needs that cannot be met at the local level, the Unit’s first point of contact is their Agency Point of Contact (POC) listed below.  If an Agency POC is not available, for the federal agencies, contact one of the other listed federal POCs.

WFDSS needs that can be supported include software assistance, decision documentation, fire behavior analysis, and role/privilege/ownership assignments.  Outside of fire season, assignment of roles, privileges, and incident ownership should be reserved to each respective Agency POC but, during incidents, other Agency POCs can assign roles.

At Geographic Area Preparedness Levels 4 and 5, the Agency POCs will coordinate workload, i.e. prioritize the assignment of Analyst-assisted Fire Behavior runs (GA Editors will have lists of Fire Behavior Specialists), and assist any Geographic Area MAC Group to summarize and display decision support products.

Agency Point of Contacts

Agency

Name

E-mail address

Office Phone

Cell Phone

BIA

Robert LaPlant*

Robert.laplant@bia.gov

406-247-7949

406-696-5067

BIA

Reeve Armstrong*

reeve.armstrong@bia.gov

720-484-3203

303-921-2196

BLM

Ken Schmid*

kschmid@blm.gov

406-896-2919

406-855-0989

FWS

Rich Sterry*

Richard_Sterry@fws.gov

303-236-8124

720-635-1977

NPS

Cody Wienk*

Cody_wienk@nps.gov

402-661-1770

402-206-3128

NPS

Nate Williamson*

Nathan_williamson@nps.gov

970-586-1434

970-227-7708

USFS

Jacquie Parks*

jmparks@fs.fed.us

406-329-3232

406-370-3462

USFS

Brenda Wilmore*

bwilmore@fs.fed.us

406-329-3266

406-370-5757

ND Forest Service

Anthony Schultz

Anthony.Schultz@ndsu.edu

701-328-9916

701-425-1835

ND Forest Service

Ryan Melin

Ryan.Melin@ndsu.edu

701-328-9985

701-220-1475

MT DNRC

Bruce Suenram

BSuenram@mt.gov

406-542-4223

406-459-3302

ID Dept. of Lands

Don Wagner

dwagner@idl.idaho.gov

208-769-1525

208-755-3214

ID Dept. of Lands

Andrew Mock

AMock@idl.idaho.gov

208-666-8630

208-755-6876


*Have Geographic Editor Role in WFDSS (for assigning roles, privileges, & ownership)

All requests for assistance should be made to a Northern Rockies POC before contacting the NFDSC.  If field users cannot reach their Agency POC, they can contact the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development, & Application (WFM RD&A) group, part of the National Fire Decision Support Center (NFDSC), which also provides WFDSS support.  The support provided by NFDSC consists of developing, improving, and increasing production and operational use of decision support products.  Information about the NFDSC can be found at: http://www.wfmrda.nwcg.gov/.

 


Decision Support Process Links
MT DNRC ISA Form
WFDSS Home
Decision Making for Wildfires: A Guide for Applying a Risk Management Process At The Incident Level

Northern Rockies Support Documents
Incident Objectives and Course of Action Examples
Decision Rationale Example
Periodic Assessment Comment Examples
Line Officer Decision Approval/Publish, Printing, & Periodic Assessment Processes
Spatial Fire Behavior Comparison Chart (WFDSS tools) - 3/1/12

Fire Behavior Specialist - NR Minimum Requirements
In the NR Area, in order to be granted the "Fire Behavior Specialist" role on the WFDSS Production server, the following prerequisites are required: S-490 along with S-492 and S-493 or S-495, and/or qualified as FBAN or LTAN with WFDSS Fire Behavior training/experience.

Agency Links

BLM/NPS/FWS/USFS
Red Book website

BIA Specific
Wildland Fire and Aviation Program Management and Operations Guide 2011 (Blue Book), Chapter 12 - BIA Fire Response (relating to WFDSS)

BLM Specific
No Additional Direction

NPS Specific
NPS Reference Manual 18

FWS Specific
No Additional Direction

USFS Specific
2016 Chief's Fire Letter
FS Wildland Fire Response Protocol (2016)
Line Officer Desk Reference for Fire Program Management

NWCG Links
NWCG #005-2012 Memo - WFDSS and the Role of Incident Management Teams
NWCG #012-2011 Memo - WFDSS: Decision Documentation and GACG Responsibilities
NWCG #14-019a Risk and Complexity Assessment

 


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