Arizona State Forestry Division to Develop Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal

Richmond, VA. – March 31, 2015 – The Arizona State Forestry Division recently selected Timmons Group, a leader in innovative geospatial solutions, to develop their Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (WRAP).  This project will leverage past wildfire risk portals developed, hosted and supported by Timmons Group including CoWRAP (Colorado), TxWRAP (Texas), and SouthWRAP which contains Wildfire Risk Assessment portals for all 13 states within the Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF).   Several key enhancements will be featured in Arizona WRAP including the ability for users to access wildfire risk information on their mobile devices and a new and intuitive user interface.

“We are ecstatic to offer our application development and hosting services to Arizona.  AzWRAP will mark a great accomplishment for the State.  We are confident this product will allow the state to meet their critical goals of communities at risk identification and greatly improve communication with stakeholders,” said Lowell Ballard, Director of Geospatial Technologies of Timmons Group.

The Arizona WRAP website will provide wildfire professionals and the general public with a web-based portal for education and assessment of wildfires in their area.  This portal is developed with three main applications – the Public Viewer, Professional Viewer, and Communities-At-Risk Editor (CARE) portal.  All applications leverage wildfire risk assessment data to varying degrees based on the user access level and permissions.  Primary data sources include the outputs from the West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment (WWA) which included data products for all western states.

The Arizona Forestry Division is charged with the development and prioritization of Communities-at-Risk.  Their new WRAP product will enable authorized users to define communities and prioritize management activities based on relative risk to the state.  The CARE portal allows trusted users to edit community polygon / boundaries in context with various outputs from the WWA effort.

 “This is an important and high-profile project for the state.  We were careful to include multiple stakeholders in our initial scoping meetings including representatives from Federal, State and Private Utility partners.  We want to ensure this product meets our needs and the needs of the public and our partners,” said Jerry Payne, Deputy State forester for Arizona.

About Timmons Group
Timmons Group is a leading provider of geospatial, information architecture and engineering services focusing on developing intuitive, enterprise geospatial web applications, highly-usable, cross-device mobile applications, and integrated, geospatially-enabled enterprise solutions. Timmons Group develops innovative solutions across multiple platforms, including web, web-based mobile / HTML5, and native mobile operating systems.  Timmons Group is a privately held ENR 500 company and maintains a strong business partner relationship with Esri. Timmons Group has been a recipient of both the Esri Business Partner of the Year award and the Esri Foundation Partner of the Year award. For more information, visit www.timmonsgis.com.

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