Thursday, October 25, 2007

Google Maps used by LATimes, KPBS to track California wildfires

Update (Oct.25/07): Updated satellite imagery for affected areas of Southern California are now linked from this post on the Google Lat Long Blog.

As calls for evacuations in California continue 2 media outlets are using Google Maps to help local residents or those already evacuated to track the spread of the wildfires: uses Google My Maps to create wildfire tracking map:

This Google Map created by the team at the can be found by linking off from the "Interactive Google map" link found on the front page of the site (as of 23-Oct/07). This spawns a Google Maps view of a frequently updated map of wildfires in Southern California. Click the map markers to reveal a great deal of information which includes: Location, Acres burned, Containment %, Structures Destroyed/Damaged, Injuries, When it Started, Possible cause, Point of origin, Firefighters deployed and finally.. the number of Evacuations. This is impressive data all mapped to help those keep track of loved ones or their own homes and properties.

KPBS San Diego helping local residents with Google My Map:

KPBS San Diego is also providing a service to the community by helping residents stay current on very specific information for the San Diego area. A Google My Map has been set up and linked from the KPBS front page to help people stay current with the wildfire situation there. KPBS in addition to offering radio reports has set up a Twitter page that will provide text updates immediately for San Diego residents:

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