June 20, 2017
On June 17, 2017, lightning reportedly ignited a deadly wildfire that spread across the mountainous areas of Pedrógão Grande—a municipality in central Portugal located about 160 kilometers northeast of Lisbon.
September 20, 2016
While hundreds of wildfires raged over mainland Portugal, the normally peaceful and idyllic resort island of Madeira was also hit by deadly fires, killing three people and destroying more than 150 homes.
July 28, 2016
The Fort McMurray wildfire, which was first reported on May 1, 2016, and not declared under control until July 5, 2016, destroyed more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forced the evacuation of 80,000 people in Alberta, Canada. Although no one died directly from the fire, it is expected to be one of the most-expensive natural disasters in Canada’s history, with insurance and firefighting costs expected to reach up to $5 billion, a figure large enough to negatively impact the country’s overall economy.
May 31, 2016
The Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reports that the Fort McMurray wildfire is now estimated to be more than 522,892 hectacres in size (1,292,094 acres—an area larger than the state of Rhode Island).
May 9, 2016
In early May 2016, a destructive wildfire burned through Canada’s Fort McMurray in the Northern Alberta region, forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 people.
April 29, 2015
Dewberry developed a new Wildfire Risk Model that incorporates dozens of layers of geospatial information to assess and communicate wildfire risk. The tool will come in handy for local, state and federal agencies as well as insurance companies and homeowners.
October 15, 2014
SAN CARLOS, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014—SkyIMD combined UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and manned aircraft technologies on the Happy Camp Complex wildfire to reduce workloads and increase team effectiveness in ways previously not possible. SkyIMD installed a lightweight UAV gimbal on a normal manned Air Attack aircraft. Live in the cockpit, wildfire visualization (see video) provided: 1)
October 14, 2014
Redlands, Calif., Oct. 6, 2014—Wildfires raged across Northern California and southern Oregon in August. But thanks to a new map application, two local utilities were able to monitor and protect more than 16,000 miles of transmission lines that serve nearly two million customers. PacifiCorp GIS Solutions developed the app specifically to monitor wildfires for Pacific