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Maps Track Fiery Infernos in U.S. and around the Globe

Maps Track Fiery Infernos in U.S. and around the Globe
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The powerful mapping technology so widely available is something of a field of dreams. Build it, and individuals and organizations will come. One mapping technology, Google Earth, has been used to show the extent of ocean pollution, create the world’s most comprehensive seafloor map, help save endangered languages, and even reunite a mother and son.

This summer it is tracking the wildfires blackening hundreds of thousands of acres across the American West. The map is part of the Google Crisis Response platform, which provides tools for collecting and sharing emergency information.

On the wildfire map, users can choose filters that show public alerts and locate shelters for humans and animals. They can zoom in on active fire perimeters and find information on specific fires. They can check the fire weather outlook and check evacuations area and fire vicinity.

Emergency responders can create public alerts, help locate missing people, create custom maps, share data, and collaborate with volunteers, co-workers and partner organizations.

Next: Esri Maps Fires around the Globe

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10:32AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Ouch!

7:06AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

What a prophesy from the 1960's, James Baldwin's Fire next time: "God gave Noah the rainbow sign, it's going to be no more water, it's the fire next time" It's time baby!

3:00PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

thanks

9:30AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

THANKS to ALL Firefighters- you guys and gals are AMAzing

GOD Bless Always...

8:39AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

thanks

4:09PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

ty

4:38AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thank Google for this Google map application. A big seawater desalination project to extract enough fresh water from seawater to give the poor trees a nice big drink would also help.

3:49AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thanks

3:25AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thank God for all the brave Firefighters.

7:24PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Firefighters ROCK!!!! And NONEXISTENT, FAIRY GOD has nothing to do with it. Thank the FIREFIGHTERS, not the TOOTH FAIRY!

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