US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Mitchell R. Burgard

Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed)

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Current Research

1.Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) development, testing and documentation.2.Testing of new wildland fire behavior probability and spread models.3.Assisting with developing a single national repository for spatial wildland fire data that can be viewed through Google Earth and online GIS applications.4.Exploring and developing opportunities for interoperability between various fire reporting and decision support systems.

Research Interests

Improving the effectiveness of science delivery and the application of research.Fire behavior modeling.Fire science and ecology.Mobile devices for real time decision support.Cloud computing.Risk management.Fire sociology.

Past Research

Assists wildland fire managers with making real time decisions on wildland fires by consolidating information for 'one stop shopping'.Improves efficiency and reduces redundant data entry and reporting requirements.Increases availability of fire behavior models and greatly reduces the amount of analyst time spent in set-up and processing.Simplifies the process of locating the best available information so that fire decision makers are better able to balance and meet multiple safety, infrastructure, natural resource and cost objectives on active wildland fire incidents.


  • Colorado State University, B.S. Federal Lands Management / Recreation 1991

Last updated on : 05/08/2015