A MAP MAVIN CASE STUDY

FIRE MANAGEMENT & MITIGATION IN BOULDER COUNTY, COLORADO

In this case study, we will look at how fire officials in Boulder County, Colorado could use Map Mavin to more effectively communicate the locations of local fire mitigation operations. Map Mavin could also serve as a living reference for fire road access and condition.

THE PROBLEM

In Boulder, a city and town on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, open space and dense forest butt up against densely populated urban areas. Fires are common and in fact an integral part of the landscape, but with increasing numbers of people living close to or within the neighboring wilderness, each new fire presents further risk to property and human life. For example, the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire burned 167 homes (at the time the most destructive fire in state history) and led to an estimated $217 million dollars in damage. With such a high possibility for potentially destructive wildfires in the area, fire officials encourage residents to take steps that can significantly decrease the risks to their homes and land. Trimming trees and shrubs is one of the main priorities, as low-lying shrubs and fallen branches act as the fuel to burn larger trees above them. By reducing the potential fuel on the forest floor, the overall risk for fire is lowered. Still, the actual process of management can be confusing for residents. For one, Boulder County is divided into several fire districts, each responsible for management within their respective zones. Different zones have different drop-off areas at which cleared debris and wood can be left to be processed by the various fire departments.

“Using Map Mavin, fire officials are able to make and maintain a map for citizens detailing the different fire districts, the building footprints of structures within them, fire access roads, and wood-chipping centers where cleared material can be brought by local residents”

SOLUTION

Using Map Mavin, fire officials can make and maintain a map for citizens detailing the different fire districts, the building footprints of structures within them, fire access roads, and wood-chipping centers where cleared material can be brought by local residents. The system allows the fire department to easily add the location of temporary chipping centers to its map and share the information with the public. The public can, in turn, make edits to features such as the outlines of structures on private property, changes to the paths of access roads and driveways and more. As Map Mavin has the option of creating public maps that can be seen without an account and shared with a simple hyperlink, fire departments can publish their maps for the public and not worry about forcing people to sign up for an account or service.

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Map Mavin allows users to make effective maps quickly online and without the need for a desktop program. These maps can be shared live with other users across the globe, bringing a new degree of collaboration to online mapping and opening a whole new realm of potential opportunities to work with spatial data in real time.

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