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Date: January 11, 2013

Software for Fighting Wildfires Wins Award

FORT COLLINS, Colo., January 11, 2013 – The development and application of the Wildland Fire Decision and Support System, has been selected for the 2013 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer by the Federal Laboratory Consortium. This annual award recognizes federal laboratory employees who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring technology.

WFDSS, an initiative led by the USDA Forest Service with support from the Department of Interior, assists fire managers and analysts in making strategic and tactical decisions for wildland fires. It integrates several fire modeling software applications used to manage fire incidents into a single, one-stop-shopping web-based system, accessing high performance computers for modeling and streamlining the sharing of analyses and incident decisions across all levels of management. Developed by the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application program, it automates the acquisition and assembly of diverse data sets needed for fire modeling and risk analysis. According to Station Director Sam G. Foster, “more than 8,000 users have been trained in WFDSS since 2009.”

The award will be presented during a ceremony on April 25, 2013, at the FLC national meeting in Westminster, Colorado. Learn more about WFDSS at: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_Home.shtml, and http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/boise/rmrs_sai/rda_wildland-fire.shtml.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven regional units that make up the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development organization - the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. The Station maintains 12 field laboratories throughout a 12 state territory encompassing the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and parts of the Great Plains, and administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds, while maintaining long-term databases for these areas. RMRS research is broken into seven science program areas that serve the Forest Service as well as other federal and state agencies, international organizations, private groups, and individuals. To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.fed.us/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfs_rmrs.

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