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This website is maintained by Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Ming Tsou).   (

If you have new wildfire mapping information to share, please contact "Cristiano Giovando" <>. Cristiano will update this website tomorrow.   ---  Ming, Oct. 22, 2007. 11.50pm.


Static, Printable Map Gallery

NEW! Potential Landslide area analysis!

(map created by David Palomino <>, JR Morgan, and Tim Seeno)

The following flow chart illustrates the GIS operation process for generating this landslide analysis.

Click HERE to download this PDF file (12-final.pdf).


Click the following to down load the related PDF files (requiring PDF viewer)

bullet fire2003/03_quartermile_buffered_fire.pdf
bullet fire2003/08_vulnerable_urban.pdf
bullet fire2003/11_final_presentation_map.pdf



 Post fire remediation map

map created by Debbie Kinsinger <>

The landslide predictor image here is a very generic run of the SHALSTAB program, developed by Bill Deitrich and Dave Montgomery of UC Berkeley, with 30m contour data. It is buffered one mile beyond the fire perimeter to include most of the fire affected watershed. Spatial analysis with respect to fire severity mapping and existing slides as seen from orthophotos can be added. We could do a micro-scale analysis by flying a two foot contour interval in the priority areas for sediment control installations. It could be used to optimize design and distribution of in-stream sediment control structures. We could refine it on the fly with mobile GIS to support for all the remediation teams.

Click on the map to see the larger version.


Fire Frequency and Fire History

(created by David Mckinsey )

Click the following maps to view high-resolution maps (JPEG format).

The October 30 Hot Zone area

(Data from MODIS Active Fire Detections (10-30-2003  1:30AM) created by Ming)

Click the map to see the larger version.

This map is generated by using MODIS Active Fire Detections for United State (2003-through 10/30/2003).  The Red Dot is the hot zone (currently active fire) and the buffering area is created by GIS software. Each buffer has 1000 meter distance.

MODIS thermal mapping data over a satellite image (Oct. 28, 2003)

This map is created by David F. King (click the map to download the actual PDF map)

I overlaid MODIS thermal mapping data over a satellite image of the smoke and fire and added some landmarks.  The MODIS points are attributed by temperature.  I wasn't sure where to make the cutoff, so I used 451 degrees.  The red points are probably still burning, and the yellow points are hot, but mostly 150-300 degrees.  You can see the outline of what had burned as of about 10 this morning.  The other random data on there are various project locations (we were trying to figure out what burned and what didn't).

 David F. King
Senior Biologist
amec Earth & Environmental
5510 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
858-458-9044 x257 858-458-0943 (fax)

Satellite Image of San Diego Area

(October 27, 2003)

(click this image to see the high-resolution image, Date 10-27-2003)

 (Data source: NASA website:  http:// )


Another Satellite Image of San Diego: (Information provided by Dr. Douglas Stow).

Scripps Ranch Area

The following map is created based on the list of the destroyed homes in the Scripps Ranch Area.  The data source is the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (Oct. 28, 10:23am).  The original home addresses have been converted to points on the map and overlayed with remote sensing images. NOTICE: this is not a complete data set.  Not all addresses have been entered into the GIS database.  Only 158 records (about 70% of total records) have been geocoded successfully.  The RED dots indicate the destroyed homes and the BLUE dots indicate the unburned one (All homes destroyed in the same street except the Blue ones).

(These maps may contain some geocoding errors, please use these maps as preliminary reference only).

(click this image to display large map)

(click this image to display large map)

Aerial Photo and Sub-Region Map


2. Aerial Photo (Zoom In at Mission Trails Regional Park)


3. Aerial Photo (Zoom-In at Visitor Center, MTRP).


4. Population Density Map.


5. Digital Elevation Model with Hillshade


6. Fire District Zone Map.

Web Site Contact Information

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Ming Tsou) ,  Associate Professor, 
Department of Geography, San Diego State Unversity.  
Phone: (619) 594-0205,  E-mail:,