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Last Updated: November 14, 2005

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

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GIS Data Center for Fire Recovery Network

The SDSU Geography Department is now collaborating with San Diego Fire Recovery Network (SDFRN) to establish a prototype of the GIS data center for San Diego Wildfire Recovery and Management. The new GIS data center website includes downloadable data (shapefiles and coverages and metadata). http://map.sdsu.edu/firenet

SANDAG San Diego base maps

San Diego Base Maps SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) http://www.sandag.org/ --> on the right side, select [Maps and GIS] --> [GIS data for download] http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?subclassid=100&fuseaction=home.subclasshome

SANDAG fire perimeters

SANDAG has updated fire perimeters.  The dataset was available from the SANDAG ftp site (SANDAG posted the data temporarily in 2003). This was the most accurate FIRE Perimeters polygons generated by SANDAG GIS professionals.  The archived SANDAG fire perimeters can be found in GIS Data Center for Fire Recovery Network:  http://map.sdsu.edu/firenet/ or SanGIS (www.sangis.org).

USGS fire perimeters

Fire Perimeters from USGS GeoMAC FTP site: (anonymous login) ftp.geomac.gov --> select outgoing --> 2003_fire_data/California -->perimeter****.shp (All U.S. wildfire perimeter, updated daily).

MODIS Active Fire Detections for the United States

MODIS Active Fire Detections for the United States (2003) (displaying Hotspots) http://firemapper.sc.egov.usda.gov/modispts.htm and http://firemapper.sc.egov.usda.gov/modispts/modisfire_2003.htm (metadata descriptions)

USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station thermal imagery

The USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station collected thermal imagery on multiple days during the fires in San Diego. The sensor is called FireMapper, and has 3 thermal bands, a red, and a near-infrared band. The imagery is very high resolution 0.3 to 2.0 m resolution. Georeferenced image products are available for free online (they are in GeoTIFF format). The images provide a very detailed look at the location and intensity of the fires, at the time(s) of acquisition. The web site is: www.fireimaging.com. (Link information provided by Lloyd (Pete) Coulter.)


Download GIS data from SDSU website (13 MB Zip file)

All GIS shapefiles from this site used the same SPCS California VI coordinate system. The following is the descriptions of data in the compressed zip file:

Special Thanks to USGS/Geography Discipline and GeoMac to provide updated GIS data for our web mapping services.

(SDSU data generated by Ming Tsou)




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