Tech Companies Provide Continuously Updated Maps To Track U.S. Fires

"The devastating wildfires in Colorado have provided a showcase for the latest technology in mapping and tracking emergencies. ESRI and Google Maps are presenting maps of the fires that the two companies continuously update, demonstrating an increasingly popular method for disseminating emergency information."

"'The primary use is for residents wanting very current information on where the fire is and whether they're going to need to evacuate or not,' said Michael Goodchild, a geographer at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who has studied how residents of his own state use updating online maps during wildfires. People may use them to find the nearest shelter and to plan a driving route to their evacuation points, Goodchild said."

Francie Diep reports for InnovationNewsDaily June 27, 2012.

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