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GIS Mapping
Keeps San Diego Firefighters Informed CDF

In creating these essential maps, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) and their contractor NorthTree Fire International received support from ESRI, San Diego Geographic Information Source (SanGIS), Space Imaging, Hewlett-Packard, county of San Diego, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). With updated maps needed twice daily and multiple information sources to integrate, the CDF geographic information system (GIS) team was thankful for the time and resources coming in from numerous local organizations and from GIS professionals working around the clock, their own homes at risk from the devastating blaze.

"If we didn't have these maps, the firefighters wouldn't have known where to go, how to get there, or what their assignments were," said Harter. "Using GIS, we could pull all of the necessary information and help them make their plans of attack."

"ESRI, SanGIS, NorthTree ... all of the groups pulled together to create one GIS team for this fire. I don't think CDF could have done it alone; this was a team approach. Their expertise and knowledge, the combined effort, made our jobs so much easier," said Jason Graziano, GIS team, CDF.

"We all brought something different to the table," said Tim Craig, regional account manager, ESRI. "We were able to use our various strengths, knowledge of the software, and knowledge of the area's data sets to get firefighters the information they needed. This was a great example of bringing local resources to bear on a regional emergency."

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