Wildfires raging in the western United States have become more serious in recent years. In late July, the McKinney Wildfire, California’s largest fire of the year, erupted near the Oregon border, burning more than 55,000 acres of national forest in less than a week. The rain that followed the scorched patch caused flooding and debris flows, damaging local infrastructure and killing tens of thousands of fish in nearby rivers. Meanwhile, the fire continues to burn.
As wildfire season approaches its peak (late summer/early fall on the West Coast), Esri web cartographers have created a new browser app, Wildfire Aware. Natural world.
The app integrates data from 22 different agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NASA, National Weather Service, US Census, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Within each institution, the effects of wildfires are typically viewed through a unique prismatic lens. But by layering all the data in the app, Wildfire Aware acts as a kind of mission control for WildFire. The app lets you zoom in on the interactive map to see fires by location. You can also switch maps to show heat hot spots, air quality, and population density.
For each fire, users can scroll through a side-by-side tracker that shows how long the fire has been burning, the area burned, the number of personnel deployed, the percentage of fires contained, and other data. , including the type of terrain it covers, the biodiversity present, and the amount of carbon dioxide that can be lost.
Check out the apps below.
For more information, see Esri’s blog post.