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Technology in Wildland Fire

Fire managers base their strategies on an array of considerations, such as safety, property at-risk, air quality, and weather. To that end, Forest Service scientists continue to develop technology that helps us understand complex fires and make sound decisions. This technology can tell us how big a fire may become and where and how fast it may spread; it can identify potential risks and benefits. The Wildland Fire Decision Support System even helps us manage some fires for more than one objective, including safety and ecosystem restoration, while we protect life and property.

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