The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) is forecasting an active wildfire season this year and so far it is off to an early start. In their National Significant Wildland Fire Outlook, NIFC states there is a “Significant fire potential [that] will be above normal over much of California, Oregon, South Central Washington, Western Idaho, and Northern Nevada.” Currently, there are several active wildfires in Colorado.
The Esri Disaster Response Program learned a lot from the recent wildfires in Southern California and we want to share some of our experiences and resources to help you better prepare for this wildfire season:
- The Esri Disaster Response Program Request Assistance Page for Wildfire Support. Use this form to get 24/7 tech support, temporary software, data resources, or technical assistance.
- The Wildfire Public Information Map includes the latest information from Federal government agencies like wildfire reports and red flag warnings to keep you up-to-date on current wildfires. You can also search for georeferenced social media using keywords with this map. This map can be configured and embedded in your own site by copying and pasting the HTML into your own webpage. Simply click the “Link” button and use the HTML code provided in the “Copy/paste” box. Click on the map below to access this web mapping application that is also found on our Wildfire Disaster Response Program website.
Also, because we know this map has valuable information that you will want to access anywhere you go, we will be testing a responsive deployment for this application. Load the map on a phone and it will respond with a mobile interface. If you embed it in a website, the map will shift, tools will resize, and features will respond to make your map fit appropriately. Please let us know what you think of this feature, and if you like it, perhaps it will be incorporated into the Social Media Template this fall so you can share a responsive application with your web maps.
- Prepare your maps and apps and be ready to deploy.
- Get information out to the Public quickly! You can get started with this live wildfire web map to create your own web map in your ArcGIS Online Organization. Simply sign in and search outside your organization for “US Wildfire Activity” and save a copy of your own. Then you’ll have a dynamically updated map to mash up with your own data and area of interest. You can also to focus the map on a specific fire and add more detailed information like shelter locations as a list of addresses using Esri Maps for Office or releasing official evacuation information simply by adding map notes to your web map.
- Are you ready to support a damage assessment? We have damage assessment tools and templates for ArcGIS Mobile and the ArcGIS Collector App for mobile phones. In addition we have partners that have vast experience designing, customizing, and implementing damage assessments on-site.
- Bookmark the 2013 Wildfire Map Gallery and join our group where we will highlight maps and apps related to wildfire activity. To highlight your map: be descriptive in your title and item properties, customize your thumbnail, and use tags that reference the time, location, ID, and content in your map. For instance, for the Carstens Fire example we used the following : 2013, Carstens Fire, 20130616, CA-SHF-1216, Wildfire2013, California, Mariposa County, Midpines, Yosemite.
Stay tuned for more wildfire related resources and new features like Geoenrichment for impact analysis, Operations Dashboard for monitoring live operations, and Perform Analysis tools all via ArcGIS Online.
Contributed by Paul Doherty, Public Safety Technology Specialist