Revisiting Fire Risk

Published map
Client:   Bay Nature

The 1991 Tunnel Fire in the Oakland Hills (California), which killed 25 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes, confirmed for many people what they had long suspected: Eucalyptus trees are a hazard. Though the fire started in grass, the trees were blamed for the severity of the disaster.  Bay Nature magazine asked GreenInfo to research and develop a map illustrating the extent of Eucalyptus in the region.

We began by preparing data, using vegetation data from the Conservation Lands Network for an early test to see broader regional coverage of Eucalyptus. For final data we reached out to a consulting firm working a FEMA fire risk reduction plan, and used the data from CAL FIRE for the fire perimeter.  We then added in CPAD parks data, and related reference information.   The map itself was developed solely in ArcGIS software, with the final product reproduced at a size of about 3 x 6 inches.

This project is an example of how GreenInfo develops effective, accurate maps for very small cost. Total time required was six hours, including two hours of data research - the remainder was spent developing the cartography and refining the map in collaboration with Bay Nature.

Focus:   Conservation, Environment  

Services:  GIS Services, Communications, Publications, Maps, Cartography 

Tags:   Esri ArcGIS  

Project Years: 2016

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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