Really. Not the kind of firefighting we generally talk about in organizations, but really fighting fires. I've been following the "Gnarl Ridge Fire" updates since my cousin Daniel is part of the fire crew. It occurred to me today that their InciWeb interagency information portal does in fact provide consistent, timely information (its stated goal) -- and that less exciting organizational projects could benefit from this approach. The system is basically a blog of the fire. [caption id="attachment_186" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Credit: Graig Edberg"][/caption] I've written about the value of using portals, pages, and applications rather than email for project management. I am still working on the promised "audit" strategy to help guide possible implementations, but I found value in this simple example. This is a one stop shop for information transfer. Interested parties can find the data they need and coordinate their own efforts as a result. I'm going to try and find out how the system is perceived by the insiders and will post if I do. I expect they have more detailed and integrated systems for internal parties. I wish a safe night to the multi-state crews working on this fire.