Infrared mapping isn't the only mapping option, though. Interactive maps can give people a deeper understanding of what's happening.
Based off of geographic information systems (GIS) sets of data can be layered on a map to help understand and visualize data. GIS.com says "A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information."
When geographic information is attached to social media, that media can be included in maps combined with the infrared fire maps.
Here are three maps to note of the High Park Fire.
1. Created by Brendan Heberton using GeoCommons - a free mapping tool.
High Park Fire - Colorado
2. Created by Project EPIC - a research effort that involves University of Colorado at Boulder. You can add to this map using Tweak the Tweet Instructions.
TtT Resources for 2012 Wildfires
3. Created by Esri - a GIS Mapping Software and Data company.
See the heat areas, evacuations areas, wildfire threat and more at Colorado Wildfire Viewer. Take it a step further to see the social interactions, emergency information, RSS feeds and more at dtswildfire.
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