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Insitu demos UAV/GIS system for fighting wildfires

October 9, 2017By
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Following successful test flights, Insitu’s ScanEagle helps combat Oregon wildfire. UAV company Insitu and Esri have successfully completed test flights on a new way to support firefighting efforts using software for firefighters and first responders. The flights were held at the Warm Springs Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Test Range in Oregon. The test site is a Pan Pacific FAA UAS... read more

Mapping ‘Hell on Earth’

June 2, 2016By
EMBER RAIN: The entire city population of 88,000 evacuated in a rush, many through falling embers from wildfires beside roadways. (Screenshot from “Welcome To Hell — Driver Escapes Fort McMurray Fire,” GlobalLeak News, YouTube).

On May 1, a wildfire ignited southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. At first, wildfire MWF-009 seemed like others residents had experienced — smoke and haze, but no real danger. Two days later, the winds shifted. read more

Track Wildfires Across Western U.S. with Interactive Maps

August 5, 2015By
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Esri has published an interactive Wildfire Public Information Map and a 2015 California Wildfire Activity Map. Wildfire Public Information Map The Wildfire Public Information Map provides continuously updated information about wildfires and their perimeters from the U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies. It provides live weather warnings and wind information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as live weather radar... read more

CoreLogic Identifies U.S. States at Risk of Property Loss from Natural Hazards

September 10, 2014By
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CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, has released an analysis ranking Florida as the U.S. state with the highest level of comprehensive risk exposure to multiple natural hazards, with Michigan identified as the state with the lowest risk. The analysis was derived from the new CoreLogic Hazard Risk Score (HRS), an analytics tool launched today that gathers... read more

Use of GIS and Social Networks Help Fight Colorado Wildfires

June 26, 2013By
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Predicting where a dangerous wildfire is going to start can be very difficult, but geographic information systems (GIS) can quickly analyze geographic data about fire-contributing conditions to aid in effective wildfire planning and prevention. “GIS is an ideal technology to predict the characteristics of a wildfire because it excels at analyzing multiple data layers,” said Gabe Schmidbauer, GIS professor at... read more

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