Thanks for a great site, it has been fun to watch it come along over the years.
I have been working mapping fires since ’99, and have been really blown away by some recent new web-based tools that we have to gather intel. Wanted to share a few of them:
All you need to access a great library of online Satellite Imagery are the lat/long (decimal degrees seem to work the best) of the fire. You can use GEOMAC.GOV’s map viewer to zoom to any fire in the Sit. Report, and then check out ownership, thermal satellite images, and fire perimeters.
Use the “Identify” tool to get the lat/long of a fire. Then use the lat/long to search in Google Maps or Google Earth.Â
Google Earth – http://earth.google.com – is a free map browser that lets you look at satellite imagery in 3-d, and spin it around (you need to download the free browser, have a fast internet connection and a fairly new computer, but itÂ
is a great tool!) If you don’t want Google Earth, Google Maps – http://maps.google.com – let’s you look at the same imagery, just not in 3-d.
WARNING, DO NOT USE GOOGLE EARTH UNLESS YOU HAVE A LOT OF FREE TIME TO CHECK IT OUT, AS IT IS TOTALLY ADDICTIVE!
Most of the imagery is a few years old, but fires show up well – there are some great high-res images of the Biscuit Fire effects for example.Â
Interesting stuff. I have heard that some websters are working with the google maps programs to take ‘em even further and make ‘em much more responsive to individual needs and purposes. It will be interesting to see how it all may apply to fire.