Monday, June 17, 2013

2013 Wildfire Information Resources

As noted on this blog in January, experts have been warning since early this year environmental conditions were right to make 2013 a bad year for wildfires. Unfortunately, that prediction proved correct in California in early May, and has now been reaffirmed in Colorado this past week. In an effort to help mitigate and manage wildfire risk for those in need going forward, find below some wildfire information resources:

Dynamic Maps for the Public:

Posts Previously Published on EPC Updates:

Comment: As was the case in both California and Colorado, the impact of a wildfire is amplified when it burns along the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), thereby taking out 100's of homes in the process. Consequently, anything WUI communities can do to ensure they have immediate access to experienced firefighting crews who understand the dynamics of this unique operational space, will go a long way toward reducing loss of life and property when a wildland fire occurs (example: outer suburbs of the Twin Cities).

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