If you are looking for recent 2014 San Diego Wildfires information, please link to here.


(Official San Diego County Emergency Website)

For More Wildfire Mapping Information

1. San Diego County Emergency Map (ArcGIS online): http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=26f7674a2ad744f3806af0c426531951&extent=-118.6453,31.9788,-114.7067,33.9125

ArcGIS emergency map

2. San Marcos Evacuation Areas and Shelter Locations (ArcGIS online):   http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=1833ecdb443a454697f3e4abf3c1d771&extent=-117.2222,33.0982,-117.1147,33.1492

San Marcos 

3. US Wildfire Activity Public Information Map (ArcGIS online):  http://www.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=4ae7c683b9574856a3d3b7f75162b3f4

US Wildfire Public Info Map


4. CAL FIRE:  California Fire Map (Google Map):  https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=208523333872813891131.0004c02beb4f2788337d0&ll=37.055177,-120.454102&spn=17.505593,18.720703&z=5&source=embed&dg=feature&mid=1400275909

CalFire Map

2. The San Diego Union-Tribune (5/14) (Google Map): https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?q=select+col2+from+1Prhyq_Gwal91q5VuW38beycxd71abyEDE0I0OnR1&viz=MAP&h=false&lat=33.194767&lng=-117.252143&t=1&z=10&l=col2&y=2&tmplt=2&hml=KML



Other Mapping Resources

1. NASA MODIS Images: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/imagery.php?op=fire&fireID=ca-south-000

2. NASA EOSDIS: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/firemap/

Examples:  (5/13)  San Bernardo Fire

MODIS 5/13/2014 (Satellite: Aqua)     MODIS 5/13/2014  (20:40 GMT) Aqua

(5/13/2014 MODIS Satellite image (Aqua) overlay with streets).


Web Mapping Services for San Diego 2007 Wildfires

(Any media or persons are welcome to reproduce or redistribute these maps and information by acknowledging the map sources and the Department of Geography, San Diego State University.)

This website is maintained and updated by the San Diego GIS force group, a volunteer group of SDSU faculty and students. (Disclaimer: Since all GIS layers in these mapping services are derived from external sources, SDSU and the Department of Geography will do our best to provide useful information. However, we can not guarantee the accuracy of these data from external sources). 

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this website, please contact Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou, at the Department of Geography, San Diego State University or <gisforce@geography.sdsu.edu>.

Link to 2008 Volunteer Hazard Mapping Corps (VHMC) Workshop Documents

Aftermath and Damage Assessment (using GIS and Remote Sensing Technology):

Map Highlights (gallery thumbnail images): 

Animation of NASA MODIS satellite images (true color, Oct. 21-29 (New) (by Ick Hoi Kim). More images HERE.

The damaged areas comparison map (2003 and 2007) (created by Anna Casson <acasson@jsanet.com>)

Damaged House Map in Google Map (by Serge Rey and Tong Zhang).  See detailed description in http://toae.org/

3D  Animation of the Fire 2003 (Orange color) and the Fire 2007 (Red color) (By Aude Esperbe)  See detailed description in 3D Visualization page.
Click HERE to download a movie (WMV format, 12MB)

Animation of the Fire Oct 21-24 (By Andrew Gordon, Aude Esperbe, and Grant Fraley)

Aerial photos (click HERE to see more pictures).

Fuel Moisture Map (created by Madhura Niphadkar and Doug Stow)   derived from indices taken from MODIS surface reflectance data with fire perimeter overlay.

Overview of Wildfires in San Diego County (Printable PDF map) created by Andr'e Skupin.  For more updated maps, visit http://sdfires.pbwiki.com/Maps


High Resolution Satellite Images from FORMOSAT-2 (Special thanks to the image providers, Taiwan's NSPO, Spot Image, and Remote Sensing & Spatial Knowledge Research Lab, Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University) - International research collaboration between SDSU and NTNU. (Click the thumbnail to see the high resolution image - taken on Oct. 24, 2007. 10:35:55am San Diego Time).  (Click HERE to see more images)


We apologize for the slow server performance in the first two days of the wildfires (Oct. 21 & 22) due to overloaded requests from Web users. Tuesday we were given access to major Intel computers at Calit2 at UCSD and special connectivity between SDSU and UCSD (OptIPuter) from which this page is now being served (special thanks to John Graham, Eric Frost, Larry Smarr, John DeNune, and Cristiano). It is super fast now. We will continue to update the wildfire maps and create some GIS maps / Recovery maps, as well as new imagery from NASA and other groups assisting in this massive effort.  We also re-organized our website on Oct. 25 to provide a better layout of information for our community.

-- Department of Geography, San Diego State University,  Oct. 25. 11:00am.

The San Diego GIS Force Volunteer Group: Harry Johnson, Lloyd (Pete) Coulter, Ting-Hwan Lee, Christopher Lippitt, Aude Esperbe, Cristiano Giovando, Serge Rey, Andrew Gordon, Jennifer Larson, Ick-Hong Kim, Kimberly Dodson, Charlie Schmidt, Marcus Chiu, David McKinsey, Piotr Jankowski, Melissa Rosa, Boris Dev, Blake Brown, Tong Zhang, Charlie Adler, Arika Ligmann-Zielinska, Gagan Arora, David Folch, Gregg Verutes, Martin Lacayo-Emery, Andr'e Skupin, Madhura Niphadkar, Li An, Doug Stow, Grant Fraley, Ryan Burns, Xinyue Ye, Chung-Rui Lee, Raghuram Narasimhan, Anna Casson, Ming Tsou.

Special Thanks to the following persons and organizations for providing valuable information for this website:  Dr. Harry Chang and Kevin Chen (National Taiwan Normal University), Mr. Sam Wang (Taiwan's NSPO), Rich McCreight (Near Earth Observation Systems),  Drew Decker (USGS), Bill Clayton, Paul Hardwick and Tricia Toomey (San Diego County Emergency Operations Office), Jeffrey Johnson (Pict'Earth), Tony Howser, ESRI, SPOT Image, Richard Maher, Google and its Google Earth Team.

(This image is provided by Bill Clayton).

Contact person: Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou,

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