2013 Colorado Wildfire Season
This page was used for the mapping coordination during the 2013 Colorado Wildfire Season in the State of Colorado, United States; it is left here as documentation. Wildfires are natural (sometimes human caused) phenomenon that often pose a threat to life and property as well as change the ecology of the area. See this article in Wikipedia for more information on wildfire.
Current information on large wildfires in the entire USA can be found at inciweb.org; click here for information on Colorado wildfires.
This wiki page is to be used for coordination of a remote mapping event only! Areas may be evacuated or under a 'sub-evacuation' (voluntary, pre, etc.) order. Attempting to enter any of the current fire area(s) is not advised until well after the fire(s) are completely out and life has returned to 'normal'. There is plenty of beneficial mapping that can be done remotely.
This humanitarian mapping project is being coordinated by volunteer contributors of OpenStreetMap, some of which are volunteers, and/or members of, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. No singular organization or entity is facilitating or overseeing the coordination, primarily because the organic response has been successful with minimal support. Also there has yet to be a request from HOT partner organizations for assistance; if you are a representative of a government or NGO involved in humanitarian or emergency response and would like to request HOT support for any incident; please contact HOT at email@example.com - although all are welcome to use OpenStreetMap without any such request, see Using OpenStreetMap.
Mapping is no longer requested.
The following was a suggested list of mapping area/incident priority:
- West Fork Complex 2013 - At over 100,000 acres combined, the three fires that make up the complex are impacting a large rural area with few/no active local mappers.
- East Fork Fire 2013 - area remote and sparsely populated, but natural polygons and tracks could be mapped.
- East Peak Fire 2013 - Getting close to having area mapped
- Lime Gulch Fire 2013 - And other small and remote fires W/SW of Denver, CO.
- Black Forest Fire 2013 - Nearly 500 homes were destroyed; mapping response was amazing; thank you!
A Message to New Mappers
You should not feel your contributions are unwelcome during a ‘crisis mapping’ event. Experienced mappers are also working in the area (or looking) and the good ones will happily offer you constructive advice if they feel you need it. Each road, structure, landuse/natural polygon, and detail you add is appreciated.
For some training to get started, visit learnosm.org
- Changeset Descriptions: please identify the fire you are mapping and a brief description of what you are working on in your changeset description (i.e. when you save) so others can view the History/Changesets to avoid duplicating efforts; example: "Black Forest Fire: building tracing on eastern flank".
- Note: Some of the available imagery is getting old/out-dated and locals may be adding personal knowledge that appears to conflict; please do not delete/change data added by a human unless you have verifiable and more recent information.
Tagging Suggested Order of Priority
- Roads: Most of the roads will be highway=residential, for driveways highway=service is the basic tag, and 4x4 (off-road/highway vehicle) trails are typically tagged highway=track.
- Many structures have been destroyed across the state, however many more have been saved/survived the fires so far; go ahead and trace.
- You may find areas that have mixed usage or are difficult to tell from imagery, using residential is o.k. to start with if no landuse is currently mapped.
- There was some quick discussion during the Black Forest Fire response and the consensus currently is similar to buildings (being burned), please trace, we'll fix later.
A personal thank you from, Colorado, USA based mapper...
for starting this coordination wiki (and helping clean up my horrible flurry of poor landuse mapping on the BFF)...
The following OSM contributors who have jumped in to map...
I'm sure there are others that I couldn't determine from the changesets, etc. (and those who I haven't added to the list yet)