[Talk-us] What should we do for wildfires?

Jonathan Schleuss jschleuss at me.com
Thu Jun 30 04:53:29 UTC 2016


The Erskine Fire [1] has burned more than 46,000 acres and killed two. It destroyed 200 structures. The perimeter of the fire is huge. 

What's the right response from OpenStreetMap?

Should we go in and check roads? Add buildings? What if they've been destroyed? Addresses? Shelters? Other items? Is this more a role for the HOT group? I checked the talk-us archives, but didn't find a lot of "wildfire" discussion and I'd love to know what you all think is an appropriate response. There's some good background on the 2013 Colorado Wildfire Season [3]. There's also a preemptive take with Portuguese Wildfire Mapping [4]. We could probably find places inside the U.S. that are at a high risk and task those areas out. California has a shapefile. [5] 

I figured I'd open it up for discussion. Please reply with your thoughts.

cheers,
Jon Schleuss

I'm a reporter and graphic artist at the Los Angeles Times. I got into OpenStreetMap about a year ago thanks to at MaptimeLA event taught by techlady and Data411. I use maps in my work almost every day. Currently, hacking on the Great L.A. County Building Import [5].

[1] http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4806/
[2] http://www.fire.ca.gov/fire_prevention/fire_prevention_wildland_statewide
[3] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2013_Colorado_Wildfire_Season
[4] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Portuguese_Wildfire_Mapping
[5] http://labuildingsimport.com/

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