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New tool from Google Crisis Response

A new interactive tool do help with the wildfires in Colorado, USA.

June 29, 2012

The Google Crisis Response team has just released a US Wildfires Map, in attempt to provide additional assistance and information about the wildfires in Colorado. According to Google Maps Mania, “the map uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey and the state’s Division of Emergency Management to provide a number of layers that can be viewed on a Google Map. The layers includes Active Fire Perimeters, US Red Cross Shelters and recent (2012-06-28) satellite imagery”.

(image: U.S Wildfire Map)

The Google Crisis Response seeks to make critical information more accessible around natural disasters and humanitarian crises, and it played an important role during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Several Japanese family members were able to locate each other using the Person Finder tool. You can find more about this initiative on their website.

Links: Google Maps Mania, Google Crisis Response, US Wildfires Map

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.