Thursday, June 13, 2013

Watch the wildfires on Wundermap

I was wondering about the wild fire I heard was threatening the bridge over the Royal Gorge in Colorado on Tuesday. (When I was ten years old our mother took her four boys by train roundtrip to Iowa from Kennewick, WA. She took a scenic detour on the return = a train from Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah that followed the Arkansas River along the bottom of the Royal Gorge. The train stopped and we all got out and looked almost 1,000 feet up at the highest bridge in the world above. A local scenic train now makes the trip.)

I discovered that I can see the location and extent of a wild fire in the US in real time at Wundermap. In the upper right click on "Layers" then click "Active Fires." Then there will be a flame icon in the upper right of the map. Click it and you will see a drop-down menu of current fires. The huge fire today near Colorado Springs is called "Black Forest."


The graphic: Screen capture of Wundermap showing the "Black Forest" fire just NE of Colorado Springs the morning of June 13. It cuts off Layers and the selection of "Fires," but it shows the flame control icon at upper right. The small flame icons in and around the orange overlay are fire spots detected by satellite! Click to enlarge.

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