New cloud based application will assist foresters with post fire recovery operations

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Mar 20, 2015


A large wildfire can wreak devastation but the next step after a wildfire is just as important: rehabilitating the area to prevent further damage from mudslides to homeowners and watersheds.  A new cloud based system called (RECOVER) Rehabilitation Capacity Convergence for Ecosystem Recovery , will utilize multiple applications to assist land managers with post fire recovery of ecosystems.  

Once a fire has been controlled the next step is for a burned area emergency response (BAER) team to develop plans to stabilize the environment and coordinate a collaborative effort to rehabilitate areas critically damaged. 

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Photo Credit: Mark Pomerleau in "Cloud-based Web App Assists Fire Response Teams"


According to an abstract posted on the NASA website, “RECOVER is a site-specific decision support system that automatically brings together in a single analysis environment the information necessary for post-fire rehabilitation decision-making. After a major wildfire, law requires that the federal land management agencies certify a comprehensive plan for public safety, burned area stabilization, resource protection, and site recovery. These burned area emergency response (BAER) plans are a crucial part of our national response to wildfire disasters and depend heavily on data acquired from a variety of sources. Final plans are due within 21 days of control of a major wildfire and become the guiding document for managing the activities and budgets for all subsequent remediation efforts.”  


According to an article in the GNC on line magazine, “Partner agencies using the program for Phase 1 testing include Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho Department of Lands. The RECOVER system will be ready within the next three years and will first be deployed in the Great Basin states of Idaho, Utah and Nevada for use by federal and state agencies.”


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