POCATELLO – Wildfire managers are using a Geographic Information System (GIS) satellite imagery decision support system designed by Idaho State University and NASA ¬to help plan for the recovery of Idaho’s nearly-280,000 acre Soda Fire.
The Soda Fire, which started Aug. 10 about 40 miles northwest of Boise, burned 279,144 acres, including rangeland, recreational sites, and 592 miles of fence.
The system, officially known as the Rehabilitation Capability Convergence for Ecosystem Recovery (RECOVER), is still just in the first year of its second phase of development. It is a computerized decision support system in the form of multi-layered GIS maps that is automatically deployable and site-specific. ISU and NASA have worked with the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies to develop it.