120 Minutes, a Wildfire, and a City Devastated... The Boles Fire of Weed, CA

The photo above is the Story of how GeoSpatial Technology was used aide the City of Weed in its recovery efforts. FireWhat developed a workflow to quickly establish a rapid damage assessment of the structures affected by the Boles Fire. To view the map, click on photo, or click here

The photo above is the Story of how GeoSpatial Technology was used aide the City of Weed in its recovery efforts. FireWhat developed a workflow to quickly establish a rapid damage assessment of the structures affected by the Boles Fire. To view the map, click on photo, or click here

The Boles Fire, on September 15, 2014, started as a small vegetation fire within the Weed City limits and quickly grew to a conflagration fire devastating a third of the City of Weed.

Red flag warnings for Siskiyou County were a major contributor to this rapidly moving fire. The low relativity humidity of approximately 12%, 25 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 40 mph, and extremely dry fuels all contributed to the extremely rapid spread of this fire. Torching trees and high winds during the early stages of the Boles Fire contributed to the fast moving nature of the fire. 

The bulk of the devastation of this fire occurred in the first four hours of the initial attack. The next chapters of this map journal will describe the impact and show examples of how ArcGIS online, Dashboard and Collector tools were used in the disaster response and damage assessment teams to expedite the process.

These GIS solutions saved damage assessment teams days of fieldwork and paperwork processing. We aim to provide an informative framework for future research and development. Below is a link to our work to tell the story of the Boles Fire and GIS. 

Click here to view our map