Google Crisis Response team assembled a new crisis map for the 2012 U.S. wildfire season to help provide relevant information related to the wildfires spreading through Colorado and Utah.
"The map features fire perimeters from the U.S. Geological Survey, Red Cross shelters in affected areas and new satellite imagery provided by DigitalGlobe, of the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs," informs Google.
"Use the checkboxes along the right-hand panel to turn on and off the layers of information, and the "Share" button at the top of the map to grab the URL or embed code. Note that both the URL and the embed code will automatically restore your current view of the map, including the set of layers that you have turned on," explains Pete Giencke, Google Crisis Response Team.
You can also see more authoritative, local-level data from sources including the State of Colorado Division of Emergency Management and the Utah Division of Emergency Management.
Also, you can view updated imagery in Google Earth to better understand the situation on the ground and its effects on these communities -- just download the KML file. It includes both the optical and near-infrared images of the Waldo Canyon Fire, taken Thursday June 28.
Google also has published an update to its 45° imagery coverage in Google Maps. The latest update now include 26 cities in the U.S. and 5 international locations.