A brief introduction to the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS)This article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
The last decade saw a dramatic proliferation of software systems intended to help fire and fuels managers in the United States. Funding for these software systems came from a variety of sources without any central control or vision. A governance process with stated requirements on how to transition a research-grade software application to an operationally ready one was never created. This resulted in a fuels management environment with numerous, fragmented, stand-alone tools; system and data access issues; decentralized planning and support; minimal security; and ad-hoc training