GAO sees need for firefighting coordination

Agencies that fight wildfires on public lands suffer from many incompatibilities among systems that could hamper firefighting efforts, the General Accounting Office concluded recently.

The collaborative interagency effort required to fight fires complicates the use of geographic information systems, GAO noted in a report, Geospatial Information: Technologies Hold Promise for Wildland Fire Management, but Challenges Remain.

GAO recommended the Agriculture and Interior departments promote development of an enterprise architecture for wildfire management.

'Local land managers and incident teams often acquire, collect and develop geospatial information and technologies to meet their specific needs, resulting in a hodgepodge of incompatible and duplicative data and tools,' the report said.

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