[HOT] Fwd: Re: [Talk-ca] Fort McMurray forest fires

Russell Deffner russell.deffner at hotosm.org
Fri May 6 00:58:22 UTC 2016

Thanks for the info Paul, sorry to hear (when the ‘probability of ignition’ is high near me, I live on constant edge of when will that evacuation call come).


Another aspect of why and when HOT responds, isn’t necessarily geographic based – it’s based on ‘how well is OSM already mapped’ and ‘what kind of local OSM community exists’.  In both Canada and India, there is a great local OSM community; and I looked at the area around Fort McMurray – it’s pretty much mapped. The Uttarakhand state/province in India seems to lack buildings, but the road network and populated places is pretty good.


Of course there are many in HOT and on this list that can help set-up exports and connect response and aid organizations.  If there is any direct need for anything, we also have Members who are leaders in these local OSM communities and can also help connect folks.





From: Paul Norman [mailto:penorman at mac.com] 
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:27 PM
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Subject: [HOT] Fwd: Re: [Talk-ca] Fort McMurray forest fires


Fort McMurray is the 5th largest city in the province of Alberta and has been evacuated in the face of wildfires which have burned thousands of structures. Satellites have been tasked to gather imagery, but it probably won't be very useful imagery for OSM until the smoke has cleared.

My guess is there won't be a HOTUS activation associated with this disaster. The HOT work people have been doing so far is mainly improving the state of the area in OSM with pre-disaster sources.

If anyone gets openly licensed imagery for the area, I can host tiles from it.

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Re: [Talk-ca] Fort McMurray forest fires


Thu, 05 May 2016 11:45:49 -0400


James  <mailto:james2432 at gmail.com> <james2432 at gmail.com>


John Marshall  <mailto:rps333 at gmail.com> <rps333 at gmail.com>


Talk-CA OpenStreetMap  <mailto:talk-ca at openstreetmap.org> <talk-ca at openstreetmap.org>


I've created a task on my tasking manager for buildings in Fort McMurray. Tracing buildings can help us flag buildings affected by the fire



On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 11:43 AM, John Marshall <rps333 at gmail.com> wrote:

I will check with my contacts in my day job if they will release thier imagery.

I know DigitalGlobe are tasking thier satellites over Fort Mac.

John Marshall

On May 5, 2016 11:39, "James" <james2432 at gmail.com> wrote:

I think we'll have to wait until the fire is put out before we get satelite imagery.

What I can do is create a task on tasks.osmcanada.ca for Fort McMurray and we can trace buildings as they are not all there


On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM, Andrew MacKinnon <andrewpmk at gmail.com> wrote:

As you are probably aware by now, a large portion of Fort McMurray,
Alberta has been destroyed by forest fires.

Is any freely licensed aerial imagery of the affected area available
yet? Will the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team be creating a project
for Fort McMurray?

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