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Waldo canyon fire demonstrates FirstLook

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Waldo canyon fire demonstrates FirstLook On June 23, 2012, high winds, dry fuels, and extreme temperatures combined to create a massive fire storm outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Waldo Canyon Fire burned explosively for 19 days and proved to be the most challenging and destructive wildfire in Colorado history. Digital media solutions provider, Intterra, used OGC-compliant Maxar Cloud Services to integrate FirstLook into Intterra's SituationAnalyst decision support soware to provide federal, state and local emergency response personnel with a comprehensive view of operations during periods of crisis. SituationAnalyst is an active situation awareness platform that combines on-demand decision support tools with a common operating reference. It allows emergency responders and planners to take charge of the decision support process, collaborate between field and command resources and share information during single or multi-event incidents. SituationAnalyst decision support soware was used in the Incident Command Post (ICP) to manage emergency response assets used to fight the Waldo Canyon Fire. FirstLook imagery collected during the fire was down-linked, processed and delivered online in less than three hours. The ICP had immediate access to the updated imagery in the SituationAnalyst support soware, which facilitated better-informed decisions. On-demand decision support COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA Fast, effective information sharing As the fire intensified, FirstLook imagery continued to assist the City of Colorado Springs Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in its damage and fire behavior assessment. The newly collected data was delivered and viewed by EOC personnel within hours of collection via on- line access of FirstLook inside the US Forest Service Enterprise Geospatial Portal, assisting with orientation and confirmation of helicopter flights of affected areas. Additionally, the fresh imagery supported key community briefings designed to communicate the most accurate information possible to affected homeowners. company information Intterra is a technology corporation focused on bringing innovative engineering solutions to homeland security, emergency response and intelligence operations. NIFC is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting and is comprised of eight different agencies and organizations. case study COLORADO SPRINGS C O L O R A D O , U . S . A .

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