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InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident web information management system provided by the United States Forest Service released in 2004.[1] It was originally developed for wildland fire emergencies, but can be also used for other emergency incidents (natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.).[2]


File:2015 Cajon Pass wildfire (North Fire).jpeg
InciWeb photo of the 2015 North Fire in California

It was developed with two primary missions:

  • 1. Provide the public a single source of incident related information
  • 2. Provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community[3]

Official announcements include evacuations, road closures, news releases, maps, photographs, and basic info and current situation about the incident.

Incident information can be accessed by:


The original application was hosted at the United States Forest Service - Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center, at McClellan Airfield, California, comprising three servers:

Web traffic averages 2 million plus hits daily during the fire season with the ability to handle 3.5 million hits.

The servers were moved to the National information Technology Center (NITC),[5] Kansas City, Missouri on July 16, 2008, along with the release of version 2.0;[6] the current version is 2.2.

Availability issues

InciWeb was having technical difficulties due to the high volume of Internet users trying to access the site during the September–October 2006 Day Fire [7] and the Summer 2008 California wildfires.[8]

Participating agencies

These same agencies are also in the National Interagency Fire Center.

See also


  1. [1]. Alexa Internet.
  2. About Us, National Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACC).
  3. About this Site. InciWeb. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  4. inciweb on Twitter
  5. Enterprise IT Solutions: About NITC. Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Department of Agriculture.
  6. Public home page for InciWeb. MyFireCommunity.Net - Neighborhood. The professional collaboration site for wildland fire practitioners.
  7. Case Study, Emergencity.
  8. InciWeb Problems Are Bull…. June–July 2008. W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking, Western Institute for Study of the Environment. Retrieved 2009-09-02.

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