October 17th, 2008 | Published in Google Earth
Since earlier this week, wildfires driven by strong winds have been destroying land and livelihood across Southern California. Thousands of acres of land have been under threat as firefighters battle against tough conditions and try to bring about containment of the fires.
Several groups have taken the initiative to create their own maps and KML files which show the latest information and provide useful information for affected citizens. The current suite of Earth and Maps visualizations includes:
- The Los Angeles Times has created this My Map updating us on the latest around San Fernando.
- The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has annotated their own maps in conjunction with the Los Angeles Fire Department showing both the Marek and Sesnon fires.
- Incident Information System created a map, incident reports and fire boundary KML files to download; for example, a KML determining the fire extent.