Mapping The Southern California Fires

Looking for information about wildfires in Southern California and across the California in general? This page will guide you to what you’re looking for.

NOTE: Since this article was originally written, there have been many other fires on a seasonal basis. The original story is below. For the latest fires that may have brought you to this page, see this fire maps section of Search Engine Land, where any updates are listed.

I’m back home (my original home) in Southern California for vacation, and to welcome me back, the Southland is on fire. Ah, just like old times. As I was keeping up with the news, I came across some maps online from Google Earth, Google Maps, Virtual Earth, and elsewhere that I thought I’d share with others. 

My, how things have changed. I was a graphics reporter in the area during the big Laguna Beach fire of 1994, with my job specifically to map the spread of that fire. I had to do it the old fashioned way — talk to the firefighters and later actually drive through the area neighborhood-by-neighborhood. Today, interactive maps are easily at hand through the resources of the web. Postscript: A few more resources since the above was compiled:

Postscript 2: Podcast: California Fire Maps – How Can We Do Better? from Directions Magazine looks to be a nice after-the-fact analysis of how maps were created and used.

Postscript 3: See also our Malibu Corral Fire Maps: Burn Area, Evacuation Centers & More post for maps of the fires that hit in late November 2007.

Postscript 4: See June 2008 California Fire Maps for wildfires in Northern California.

Postscript 5: See Los Angeles & Southern California Fire Maps: October 2008 Edition for fires in Southern California during mid-October 2008.

Postscript 6: See Maps Of Fires In Southern California: November 2008 Edition for fires during that month.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Search Engines: Disasters | Search Engines: Maps & Local Search Engines


About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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