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Dillon, Greg

Spatial Fire Analyst
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Employee Role: 
Support Scientist, FMI (Fire Modeling Institute)
Phone Number: 
(406) 829-6783

RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 US Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

Photo: Greg Dillon
  • M.A., Geography, University of Wyoming
  • B.S., Geography, James Madison University
Personal Summary: 

Greg Dillon is a Spatial Fire Analyst with the Fire Modeling Institute, part of the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire Sciences Lab in Missoula, Montana. His work generally involves geospatial and statistical analysis to support strategic planning for fire and fuels management on public lands. Much of his current work involves spatial wildfire risk assessments at a variety of spatial scales.

Greg’s career has included time in the Southeast, the Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountains, as well as mapping work covering the entire United States. He started with the Forest Service as a cartographic technician on the George Washington National Forest in Virginia in 1995, did graduate and post-graduate research on national forests in Wyoming and Colorado, then worked as a GIS Analyst on the National Forests in North Carolina and the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington. He came to the Missoula Fire Lab in 2004 and was the team lead for potential vegetation mapping on the national LANDFIRE project through 2009. Greg then spent a couple years doing research on satellite-derived burn severity mapping before joining the Fire Modeling Institute in 2011.

Greg is also involved with wildfire incident management. He received his first Red Card in 1993, spent time on Type 2 interagency hand crews in Idaho during the summer of 2000, and started work as an incident GIS Specialist in 2003. After a 12-year hiatus, he jumped back in during the 2015 fire season and is now a Situation Unit Leader and GIS Specialist on the Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team. He also serves as a member of the national training cadre for the S-341 GIS Specialist training course and the Northern Rockies GIS Data Standards Task Force.

Away from work, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, taking in the arts in Missoula, running and floating rivers in the summer, skiing and playing hockey in winter, and making music anytime.

Modified: Apr 16, 2019

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