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    California Wildfire Coverage by Local Media, Blogs, Twitter, Maps and More

    by Mark Glaser
    October 25, 2007

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    NASA satellite image of fires

    The last few days have shown that online resources, social media, and collaboration on the Net can make a huge difference in a natural disaster. As the wildfires have spread in Southern California, the evacuees and local residents have utilized the Internet not only to connect and get updated information; they have used it to tell their stories, share photographs and video of the fires with the outside world.

    Probably the most heartening aspect of the online coverage is the way that mainstream media and individual citizen journalists have worked together. Local media has been highlighting user-submitted photos and videos, and embedding new technology in their prime coverage. San Diego’s public television station, KPBS, used Twitter to give its audience updates when its website went down, and the Twitter updates now have a prominent place on their home page.

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    Twitter updates on the KPBS homepage

    Just how extensive and deep has the online coverage been for the fires? It stretches from local news sources to video on YouTube to photos on Flickr to message boards on Craigslist. These aren’t traditional places where people would get their news during a natural disaster, but they are becoming more important with each new event.

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    We’d like to create a comprehensive resource guide, listing all the places you can find coverage of the fires, with an emphasis on social and citizen media. MediaShift associate editor Jennifer Woodard Maderazo put together a large collection of links, and we are asking that you add to the list by sending along any other resources you’ve seen online in the comments below. We’ll update the list over the next week or so, and give you credit for any important sources you add.

    California Wildfire Coverage Online

    Special Websites

    City of San Diego fire information and list of destroyed homes [PDF file]

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    San Diego Public Works road closures

    San Diego County Emergency Homepage, with updates and fire maps

    County of San Diego’s air quality reports

    211SanDiego public info

    National Interagency Fire Center reports

    American Red Cross shelter info

    DiscoverSD’s How you can help resource list

    SanDiegoFires.info

    Local News

    CBS8 list of destroyed homes

    CBS8 has its entire site dedicated to coverage of the fires, with no ads

    The Ramona Sentinel has ongoing reports on the Witch Fire

    Topix’s San Diego site is almost all fire news

    North County Times has continuing coverage of the fires and a Q&A with reporters

    The OC Register’s Fire Central continuing coverage

    Fox6’s fire updates

    Los Angeles Times breaking news blog

    Message Boards

    SignOnSanDiego’s fire board features missing people search, and temporary accommodation info

    LostPodcast’s San Diego fire forum

    Craiglist’s San Diego Fire Forum

    Wikis

    Wikipedia’s entry for California wildfires of October 2007, including 84 references

    Sun Microsystems San Diego’s Fires Wiki

    San Diego Fires Wiki

    Flickr Photos

    San Diego Fire

    Southern California Fires – 2007

    KPBS San Diego Wildfires Photo Group

    San Diego Wildfires

    San Diego Wildfires 2007

    Podcacher.com’s fire set on Flickr

    Maps

    Amazing maps from CBS 8

    KPBS San Diego Fire Map (constantly updated)

    Blogger Rich Knitter’s Mashup of Google Earth and MODIS satellite maps of fire

    Fox6’s constantly updated evacuation map

    USDA Forest Service’s active fire maps

    NASA’s views from space of the fires

    San Diego State University fire mapping

    Twitter Feeds

    KPBS’ Twitter newsfeed provides constant fire updates

    10News’ Twitter newsfeed with evacuation and emergency info

    Nate Ritter’s San Diego fire Twitter updates

    Hannabanana’s San Diego fire Twitter updates

    LA Fire Department Twitter feed

    Journalist Erin Kotecki Vest reports on her evacuation

    Consolidated San Diego fire “tweets”

    All mentions of “San Diego fires” on Twitter via Terraminds

    Online Radio Streams

    KOGO 600 radio live online coverage

    KPBS live radio online

    760 KFMB live stream of fire coverage

    FM949 Radio’s continuing coverage

    KNX1070 has breaking news and live coverage online

    Blogs

    San Diego Union Tribune Fire Blog

    CalFire comprehensive blog reports

    Firefighter blog Firefighter images and accounts

    San Diego Fires Mostly features photos

    Blog Posts [independent]

    In Case of Emergency blog on New Disaster Media

    Recovering Journalist on how media did or didn’t use Web 2.0 to report on the incident

    MobileMessaging2’s post on SMS’s role in the tragedy

    Palms Springs Savant on his own personal experience with the fires

    Brad Slavin’s tech blog has a list of destroyed homes

    Bloodhound Realty blog has many posts about the fires

    Tech editor Jim Forbes blogs from his shelter

    San Diego Home Blog has info as it relates to real estate affected by the fires

    Blogger Bruce Henderson is covering the fires

    Blog Ranger’s list of online resources

    Jim 2.0’s comprehensive list of online resources

    Non-profit Technology Networks list of Twitter feeds

    Blogger Lee Fuhr’s personal account of living through the fires

    BlogHer blog’s roundup of San Diego fire blogs

    LAist’s roundup of blog posts related to the fires

    GigaOm on Web 2.0 and the fires

    Blog Posts [major media]

    NYT’s The Lede Blog posts on the fires

    Wired’s Threat Level blog has extensive coverage of the fires

    Wired’s Epicenter blog on the promise of Web 2.0 in times of disaster

    Information Week blog on how Twitter and Google Maps have helped in reporting the story

    YouTube Videos

    SignOnSanDiego Fire videos

    VoiceofSanDiego.org’s collection of videos

    Most recent San Diego fire videos on YouTube (last 24 hours)

    User armanx858 has a number of fire videos

    Most viewed San Diego fire video on YouTube: A journalist reporting on destruction of his own home

    Sign453’s evacuation video

    Other Video

    10News.com live video coverage of the fires

    NBC San Diego live video stream

    Technorati videos tagged “San Diego fire”

    Lyon’s Peak: Live webcams of fire scene

    KUSI’s live streaming coverage

    Audio

    FatJewishGuy.com’s Live Telethon for the San Diego fires

    Podcacher wildfire update podcasts

    San Diego fire podcasts on Bloodhound Realty blog

    Nathan Gibb’s interview on KPBS about their ongoing web coverage

    Please add resources we’ve missed in the comments and we’ll update our list throughout the week.

    Tagged: hyper-local journalism newspapers tv weblog
    • Dan Blank

      Mark – I covered the same topic, with a LEGO infused angle, on my blog this morning:
      http://danblank.com/blog/2007/10/26/remembering-how-to-play/

      Nice work on pulling together this list.
      Have a great weekend.
      -Dan

    • Great list of website to help people with the fires. It’s nice to find all of this information in one spot!!

    • Great list of website to help people with the fires. It’s nice to find all of this information in one spot!!

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    • Kevin Sablan

      At the Orange County Register, we are also showing a feed of fire-related tweets in and around the county …
      http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/sections/news/firecentral/octwitters/

      … and our map is being updated all the time …

      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fire-map-orange-2191967-county-perimeter

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