Where’s Waldo? According To Google Maps, Colorado Wildfire Burning Near Chicago

I live in Colorado, where we’re experiencing an unprecedented number of wildfires this summer—reportedly, fully 50% of country’s firefighting resources are currently stationed here. I’m not in any personal danger (at the moment) but like most people living here I’m closely tracking news of the fires and am very concerned for those who are at risk from the rapidly spreading flames.

All wildfires are given names, usually based on where they started. One of the scariest burning right now is called the “Waldo Canyon” fire, just west of Colorado Springs. While Twitter is proving an invaluable source of local news, the Denver Post is also updating news of the fire frequently, and fire officials have stated that their goal is to “keep the fire north of U.S. 24.”

To help track the fire, the Post is using Google maps to display an interactive perimeter map of the fire area, so it’s easy to see the fire’s location in relation to U.S. 24. While the map is accurate geographically (at least based on my personal experience in the area), it also clearly labels U.S. Route 24 near the fire as being in Illinois:

Just goes to show you can’t always believe everything you read on the internet…

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Features: Analysis | Google: Maps & Local


About The Author: (@CJSherman) is a Founding Editor of SearchEngineLand.com and President of Searchwise LLC, a Boulder Colorado based Web consulting firm. He also programs and co-chairs the Search Marketing Expo - SMX conference series.

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  • Brandon Ballard

    It is Route 24 in Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Indiana, ect…

  • http://twitter.com/dr_pete Dr. Peter J. Meyers

    Being from Chicago, I’m glad for both of us that the fire hasn’t spread that far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1051437843 Michael Luirette

    Another fine public edit from the folks playing with Map Maker, no doubt.  Lets all go change it to “Route 24 on Mars” and approve each other!  LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/kasy.allen Kasy Negethon Allen

    Just got word of the Boulder fire, which makes this sentence a bit haunting, “I’m not in any personal danger (at the moment)” – hope you and yours are safe.  And being a Colorado resident as well, I’m praying for rain for all of these fires.

    As a side note, nice post!

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