The 2019 wildfire season is about to start. So far this year major fires have already igniting across Texas, Oklahoma, and the Southwest. As we move into the summer months, increasingly warm and dry conditions will continue to fuel the threat of wildfires. The National Inter-agency Fire Center released their fire potential outlook for summer months, predicting an above average fire season for all of the twelve western states making wildfire intelligence gathering even more essential. This foreboding outlook comes on the heels of another (2018) Fire Season that set multiple records.
A Trusted Source Replaced
WildlandFire.com was lost during the late season chaos of the Thomas fire. A group of “devout users and former moderators” ultimately decided it was best to spin-off a new website. This new website, branded wildfireintel.org, was created as a non-profit with the mission to create a forum for discussing “topics important to the fire community” including fire-related incidents, jobs, discussions, safety, and health.
Wildfireintel.org Year One
The site saw steady growth of users, page-views, and activity from May through the end of the year. Initial attack and campaign fires were added and updated, especially in the golden hour and first few days when the information was most pertinent. Users and top moderators added many of the new starts and others chiming in with great links, webcams, maps, personal pictures, fire conditions, weather, etc.
2018 By the Numbers
User Signups – 4.2k
Posts – 9.1k
User Visits – 143k
Total Pageviews – 10.4 million
Top Referred Topics
CA-SHU-Carr (contained) – 7.9k
CA-BTU-Camp – 7.5k
CA-SNF-Ferguson (Was MMU/SNF-Ferguson) (Contained) – 4.1k
CA-SHF-Delta – 2.8k
CA-SKU-Klamathon – 2.7k
CA-BDF-Cranston – 2.5k
CA-LNU-Pawnee – 2.3k
CA-MEU-Mendocino Complex (contained) – 2.2k
For More Information and How to Register
We are excited to be involved with wildfireintel.org now for a full year. We are also excited that a location and chat plugin have both been added for this coming season. For more information, please visit the wildfireintel.org website and/or become more involved by registering.