[Talk-us] San Louis Obispo CA area - Chimney Wildfire - OSM US Tasking Manager Project

Jonathan Schleuss jschleuss at me.com
Thu Aug 18 04:44:55 UTC 2016

Mike and all,

Great questions! I'll let Blake answer the other question, but I figured I could chime in on the first, since I was about to message the group anyway.

We've got another series of tasks [1] to improve roads near the Blue Cut fire [2], which has caused the evacuation of more than 80,000 people. A lot of the area has roads mostly untouched since the 2007 TIGER data was added. Several still have the tiger:reviewed=no tag.

Blake was very kind to add another series of task for this new fire. Please jump in if you're available. I can not promise that the data will be immediately used, but we at the Los Angeles Times are making a lot of maps of the region (mostly zoomed out). [3] Since the fire is quite bad we may eventually locate areas severely damaged or destroyed by the fire. An improved map is invaluable. This is also a good example of a crowd-sourced quickly fixed map for emergencies in the U.S.

Thanks to everyone who edited and validated near the Chimney wildfire!

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions.

Jon Schleuss

[1] http://tasks.openstreetmap.us/project/61
[2] http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4962/
[3] http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-updates-wildfire-season-where-is-the-blue-cut-fire-1471382347-htmlstory.html

On Aug 17, 2016, at 08:36 PM, Mike Thompson <miketho16 at gmail.com> wrote:


It is great to see OSM being used in disaster response within the US.  

1) Will there be more such tasks, either associated with this fire, or with other events?
2) Are there other cases where OSM has been used like this in the US? I am scheduled to give a talk about OSM to the Wyoming GIS Conference and it would be great to cite some additional such examples.


On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 11:41 AM, OSM Volunteer stevea <steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:
Thank you for setting this up, Blake.  I've never done a HOT task before, and since this is my backyard, I dove right in.  And it was FUN!  (BTW, it is San Luis Obispo).

A couple/three years ago I made contact with Joe Larson, a SLO-county based firefighter and OSM volunteer who used County GIS data to add all buildings (and most if not all associated address data) to SLO.  He and his team also completed TIGER updating of roads.  (These are still not perfect, as many roads are tagged tiger:reviewed=yes, which is superfluous and can be deleted).  Way to go!

But as is true of any fire:  it's great to be prepared!  (Good maps with excellent road and building data).  Smart to add swimming pools, too.  In the half-dozen or so tasks I did, I also added some small (sub-1-acre) natural=water "ponds" which were usually at the confluence of two small streams.  With the drought, I'm not sure they are there, though.  The imagery layer used here is excellent, especially at very high zooms.

Good work, everybody, now all we need to do is finish validation.


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