Welcome

The purpose of the wildlandfires.info project is to provide you with a comprehensive, interagency look at wildland fires. We’ll be posting maps, updates, and links for individual fires provided by the incident managers in charge of each, as well as statewide and regionwide information provided by the USDA Forest Service and cooperating agencies. We’re starting with the Rocky Mountain Area (CO, WY, SD, NE, KS) for now.

Stay tuned, and be sure to follow us on TwitterGoogle+ and, Facebook

How to use this site:

If you’re seeking a “big picture” view of the uncontained large fires, you may want to start with the Maps tab at the top of the page. A region-wide map is available by clicking on the Rocky Mountain Area tab above, and a  statewide map is also available on each State page.

The Rocky Mountain Area tab above holds pages for each state, which lead to pages for the active large fires in that state.

 

If you’re having trouble navigating this site from a mobile, try using the “view as full site” option. 

18 responses to “Welcome

  1. Not sure if this site is still active or not. But I think your readers might like this video from the 2013 wildfires in Colorado. http://youtu.be/1jq31SGb1z8

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  3. Giovanni

    I’m trying to pull up a map of the burn areas for this year’s fires, hopefully in a format that I can bring into ArcGIS? Where might I go to find that data?

  4. Sara

    THANK YOU for posting all this information! I’m taking my family on a trip from Montana to Colorado and I was nervous about all the fires that were happening. So glad to see a place where I could see the map for the whole area.

  5. bob

    FYI,
    It is hard to read the site with white text on black.
    Maybe look at some other graphic designs.
    -Bob

  6. John N

    When you post maps, instead of posting links “generated thumbnails” (which are no better than InciWeb JPG’s), would it be possible to put a link to the full-scale map (usu. PDF) behind the thumbnail?

    • We are aware that map quality on Inciweb and our pages is not that great. Inciweb will only allow a 2mg size which is fairly poor. We CAN post larger maps but they must be generated by the fire and sent to us. Most have not provided the larger size maps. We will continue to try and get them as we know they are much more usable at a higher resolution.

  7. Not what your Facebook page says “We’ll” – info from “Incident managers” which is different from “PIO’s working in Denver”: “We’ll be posting maps, updates, and links for individual fires provided by the incident managers in charge of each, as well as statewide and regionwide information provided by the USDA Forest Service and cooperating agencies.” Why isn’t there any transparency or professionalism, everyone is always complaining about the pubic. No reason not to list names and affiliations and if setting an example is the right thing to do in lieu of potential legal issues now & later. Unofficial PIO’s, only PIO”S? other Admin’s? Never understand why ppl have to hide behind a site, something I refer to a “ghost sites”. “Virtual support for wildland fires” is also different from a “project” to provide information because then it must be business and/or affiliated with a College like Boulder? Really just too many sites with the same information, much of it from the public, trying to be the one source . . .

    • There is no intent here to be less than transparent. We are fire PIO’s (interagency & national) ordered to this project (its not an incident) by the regional office. We haven’t listed our names because its not about us personally but the work the IMTs are doing, which we are trying to highlight & aggregate. Like a fire, PIO’s rotate in & out and others will replace us. We don’t have any public facing role, or even a phone as we are simply pulling together information provided by the PIOs on fires, in hopes of providing one-stop-shopping for the public to simplify access to information. In addition, we are providing links to information and maps that we feel are interesting at the state or regional level. We are excited to have been asked to help build this project because its never been done before here at the regional office, where they were forward thinking enough to try something new. But we are here and happy to respond to inquiries like yours. If you have more questions, feel free to call the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center PAO and ask to speak to the Wildlandfires.info project team.

    • Sara

      Dawson, you seem to be a very angry man. If you don’t find something helpful, or reliable, or credible, perhaps just go elsewhere.

  8. MG

    It seems like the fires in Colorado are calming down a bit now. Is that true?

    • There IS significantly less fire activity in Colorado as the monsoonal flow increases, calming fire behavior and new starts. However, fire activity is picking up in other parts of the Rocky Mountain region like Wyoming and South Dakota, as well as in other states like Utah.

  9. LR

    Thanks for putting this together! It looks very useful. Who is behind this web site? Are you an EM or Forest Service?

    • This site was created by Public Information Officers in support of an interagency effort by the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center to coordinate and aggregate fire information for the whole region. In addition to the PIO’s working in Denver, there is a Virtual Operations Support Team of volunteers across the country assisting and supporting the effort.

  10. Jace

    Are there any updates on injuries to fire personnel across Colorado?

    • Jace, each fire keeps its own numbers on injuries. If you go to the fires’ Inciweb pages, they should have thier “209″ information posted either on the front page or in their update/news release somewhere. Suggest you look there. Thanks for your interest and concern.

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