Mapping the Future: Fire progression files help forecast tactics

Many Missoulians will never forget watching the Lolo Peak fire race along its namesake mountain last week.

From a computer’s perspective, the outbreaks on Aug. 17 and 18 look no less impressive, if somewhat detached from the drama of after-dark evacuations and homes burning to the foundations. And thanks to the expanded real-time capabilities of modern mapping, fire behavior specialists have magnified their ability to turn yesterday’s progression into tomorrow’s prediction. read more >>