The current Boulder wildfires have now forced over 3000 people out of their homes, and many wonders how this will end. Community members has stepped in to provide the much appreciated information sought after by many. A Google user nicknamed “Amanda” stepped in and created a public map to provide and collect information. Everyone are allowed to share information about the fires, and currently information about affected area, temporary housing, emergency personnel staging areas, destroyed properties and several more classes of information is being shared. There is also a discussion thread related to the map. There is also a great activity on Twitter that can be followed using the hashtag #boulderfire. This is a great example of how people come together to collaborate when most needed for.
Excepts from the Google Maps discussion page:
Excerpt 1:Aaron Updated 3 hours agoSpoke to spouse of firefighter… No homes in Boulder Heights affected as of 10 AM Tuesday. The map produced by the daily camera is incorrect.Glad we’ve got a couple people that can work together on this——-Except 2:Roy Updated 52 minutes agoDoes anyone have information on the area around Left Fork Road?clayb Updated 8 minutes ago@Roy About 2am last night I heard them calling out 215 and 333 Left Fork Rd. trying to save them. I don’t know what the disposition was though. Currently, they’re calling out fire at 900 Left Hand Canyon (though I must be misunderstanding as that appears nearly in town) otherwise they called out a report that fire has crossed 83J and Left Hand Canyon. They were doing slurry drops in the area of Lee Hill around 12:30p.bobjjones Updated < 1 minute ago@clayb – The 900 Left Hand Canyon was a “flames were seen on left side”, which was soon after they said on another channel 83J said they saw “flames one the left side, on top of the ridge” (or something like that). I took the 900 LHC as being the same information relayed to other channel. Could be wrong.Ben Updated < 1 minute ago@clayb Heard that as well and assumed they meant 9000 Left Hand Canyon, as there was also discussion of the fire cresting the hill at CR 83J above Rowena. Bad news.