I have a personal interest in the current extreme Wildfire situation in B.C., Canada as it is my home Province. Recall, recently we shared the story of how our friends and colleagues at Esri small business startup, Echosec, supported their lead developer in building a BC wildfire public information ArcGIS online resource in order to help keep the public informed and safe. Building on that and after searching for additional resources, the following is a list of useful map and webmap resources providing real-time and near real-time information, news, updates, and other data of interest. As resources are found, this list will continue to grow (please feel free to share your tips to be included).
A number of local government agencies within B.C have authored ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online webmaps to help keep people safe. We look at some of them in the blog post. They include the Federal government, BC Government, several regional dsitricts and local municipalities.
For more, see also details of the BC public information wildfire resource created by Echosec developer, Neil Johnson. The resource, BC Firemap Plus, helps the public to be informed about wildfire dangers, emergency response resources and more. Esri Startup program company Echosec director of product development, Neil Johnston, had a personal interest and used his skills to quickly pull together public, open data and make it available to all.