This section of the GSC Website and Clearinghouse contains selected links to download Geospatial software tools that can be used in wildland fire management. Click the name of the tool to download, or click the link to visit the respective vendor's website.
All of these products are available from the vendors free of charge. These links are provided by the GSC as a convenience to you and should in no way be construded as an endorsement of the products or companies.
Do you have GIS tools to share? Send us the link and we will add it to this site!
Automated Lightning Mapping System (ArcGIS 10 and 10.1)
ALMS allows you to download near real time lightning location information from the Bureau of Land Management lightning data server on the Internet and then view that data using ArcGIS 10 and 10.1 Desktop. Request BLM Lightning account at http://www.nifc.blm.gov.
FIMT - Fire Incident Mapping Tool
The FIMT extension for ESRI ArcMap provides mapping and data management tools for Fire Incident support.
FIMT Home Page
Read more about FIMT in the January-March 2005 issue of ESRI's ArcUser magazine.
Google Earth has been used to support several incidents this past fire season! In particular, the ability to display data in a 3D environment has been very useful.
Google Earth Feeds
Additionally, you can find scripts on the ESRI support site that will convert spatial data between the shapefile and KML formats.
RedZone RZ3 is incident mapping and field survey software designed specifically for wildland fire. The software is simple enough to be used by a non-technically trained user. Popular features include drag and drop ICS symbols, GPS downloading, tools to build maps or map books and an Incident Action Plan builder.
Minnesota DNR Garmin Extension - ArcGIS 8.x, ArcGIS 9.x, ArcView 3.x, LandView, ArcExplorer (latest version 5.4.1, 9/23/2008)
This extension was built to provide users the ability to directly transfer data between Garmin GPS handheld receivers and various GIS software packages. Using this extension a user can use point features (graphics or shapefile) and upload them to the GPS as WayPoints. Line and polygon graphics or shapes can be uploaded to the GPS as TrackLogs or Routes. Conversely, WayPoints, TrackLogs, and Routes collected using the GPS can be transferred directly to ArcView/ArcMap/LandView and saved as Graphics or Shapefiles.
Mobile Fire Mapper for ArcPad - ArcPad
The Mobile Fire Mapper applet provides tools to quickly and easily map a fire perimeter using ESRI's ArcPad software. The perimeter can be mapped via GPS or stylus/mouse digitizing. Attributes are captured with the perimeter based on the proposed interagency fire perimeter data transfer standard.
ArcPad 6.0.1 or later is required. Please visit the ESRI website for downloads and additional information about ArcPad.
Incident Support GIS Tools - check each tool to find out software packages it works with
You can find links to a variety of Incident Support GIS Tools available for either free or purchase on the Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management website.
Rangeview: Geospatial Tools for Natural Resource Management
The RangeView website provides applications for viewing, animating, and analyzing satellite imagery in order to monitor vegetation dynamics through time and across landscapes.