Disseminating professional public information maps through social media networks is clearly the fastest mode of map distribution. The wildlandfire.com team is pleased to share with you that our communities’ current U.S. Fires map have been viewed over 2 million times (2,030,027 views to be exact) since June of 2013. This map information is built solely on our communities’ “expertly-sourced” initial attack information. Without you and your contributions to the website we could not have built this map. As we are all aware, the internet has proven to be a fast and useful source for obtaining and verifying critical information. Technology can enhance situational awareness and provide information for firefighters before they arrive on scene, as well as for keeping their families, loved ones, and the general public informed at home.
“This is the most advanced use of “expert-sourced” geographic information I have seen in the Disaster Response community. It goes beyond just crowd-sourcing and it is helping to connect the wildland fire community so that they have access to greater situational awareness and geographic context for current wildfire activity”. – Paul Doherty, Esri Disaster Response Program.
As WebGIS maps become more frequently used, it is of the utmost importance to ensure that valid information is being used and distributed. We know that each and everyone of us wants to post the most accurate information as it relates to a fire as quickly as possible. Wildlandfire.com members are all are integral parts of this endeavor. Our map is only as strong as our community. Thank you to all the active users as well as all of the dedicated moderators. You are demonstrating incident by incident the power of collaboration.
Below is a new relevant map layer that has recently been released to the public from the ESRI disaster response program is a forecasted time animated smoke layer. I have posted the link below, check it out.