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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Watch & Listen to the fire potential forecast

Summary: dry air & windy... National Interagency Fire Center RMACC http://bit.ly/kwZvk #boulderfire

 See that yellow - red zone? That is dry air that will continue to pour into Colorado for the next 3 days. We could use a tropical storm here right now, hold the lightning though .

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Four Miles Canyon Fire resources

Google Earth wi/ MODIS and AVHRR data

Over the past 2 days I've gathered quite a compendium of official and unofficial fire map sources, fire/air/police online scanners, discussion sites (which in some ways are more detailed than the Boulder OEM because folks are listening to the scanners and plotting the locations of fires and some structures - something the Boulder cty resources just haven't had time to do), and other streaming sources (such as the local Fox news - no politicizing there, the only place that I found that streams their news).

You can also get KMZ/KML's to pull into Google Earth and provide very good descriptors of what MODIS is detecting. Let's start there:

First, the current 'official' perimeter is available as a KML from http://www.geomac.gov/
(pulls from http://rmgsc.cr.usgs.gov  file name: CO-BLX-FUL0 Four Mile Canyon 9-7-2010 0600.kml)
(full url http://www.geomac.gov/asp-bin/geomac_KML/kmlHelper.htm?http://rmgsc.cr.usgs.gov/outgoing/GeoMAC/2010_fire_data/KMLS/CO-BLX-FUL0%20Four%20Mile%20Canyon%209-7-2010%200600.kml)

Then download interior details for Sep 6 and 7 from the Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center
This data pulls all of the current fires in one KML. I pulled the current Fire Detections (http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/data/kml/conus_latest_modis.kml) and historical and animations (http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/data/kml/conus_hist/) to see how the fire has moved according to MODIS. GOES and AVHRR (http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/data_avhrr/kml/conus_latest_avhrr.kml)  are also available from the same site (GOES is very gross scale: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/data_goes/kml/conus_latest_goes.kml). Selecting Large Incidents shows that this fire is currently requiring a Type 2 incident management team.

Then for a sobering realization of how many homes are in this area: http://www.bouldercounty.org/sheriff/emergency/map_options.htm select Option 2, complete  hill shade map set: http://www.bouldercounty.org/sheriff/pdf/mapbook/map_set_hillshade.zip

And here's Denver Post's current map

Also clicking on Current Large Fires on the Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center then clicking on the icon 10 for Four Mile, the current info is this:
Fire Information Report for Four Mile Canyon
Wildland Fire Incident
Report Date: 08-SEP-10
Burnt Area:    6,168 Acres (106% increase from yesterday)
Location:    Boulder County, CO (5 miles west of dowtown Boulder, CO)
Cause:    Under Investigation
Incident Team Type:    IMT Type 2
Team Leader:    Richardson
Containment Status:    0% contained)
Expected Containment:    Unknown
Fuels:    Heavy dead and down with bug mortality in the Douglas-fir High 1200000.00 201PRIM

Other sources of information:

Boulder office of emergency management

Incident Information Systems (and maps)
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2119/  -- many links from here too
http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/activefiremaps.php http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/#

Map of the perimeter (~ 10  mb)

more maps:


ESRI map

maps (from inciweb)

radio scanners

info about the scanners

Boulder County Fire
(((Stereo Feed))) LEFT Side = Red-3 Simplex *** Right Side = Red-6 Repeater

Boulder County Sheriff and Fire

Colorado State Patrol (Denver Dispatch)
~ Stereo Feed ~ LEFT Side = Troops 1A/C and 6A/B/D *** RIGHT Side = Troops 1D, 3A/B/C and 6C

Rocky Mountain National Park
This feed is temporarily being used to monitor the Boulder Fourmile Canyon fire Air Operations. See additional details page for feed details.

Boulder county wildfire info

Fox news live streaming

time lapse of the fire Sept 6

Blogs w/ pictures and satellite images



look for channel 9, 7, 4 - they have pics


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