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Interactive: Fire Perimeters on Topographic Map

Posted by Loren Drummond at Sep 27, 2012 10:30 PM |

Check the status of hundreds of fires burning in Washington state with an interactive topographic showing the latest fire permitters.

With more than 200 fires now burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and others still burning around the state, it's hard for hikers to stay current.

One resource to check out as you plan your next hike is an interactive map that shows where every fire is burning from Oregon to Canada. The data overlays a topographic map and is being updated as new fire permitter information is published on the interagency site.

Whether you plan on hiking this weekend or not, the map is definitely worth a look.

>> Check out the interactive topographic map

>> Get the latest fire news, photos and alerts on closures at

>> Our news partner, The Seattle Times, reports that firefighters are gaining on fires in Eastern Washington.


Interactive topo map

Thank you for posting a link to the interactive topo map showing the fire perimeters. I developed the Gmap4 browser app that is displaying that map.

Please consider whether visitors to the WTA site would enjoy seeing additional Gmap4 links that display high resolution topographic maps.

For example, the Heather - Maple Pass Loop is the hike of the week. The detail page for that hike includes a POGM (Plain Old Google Maps) map centered at 48.5162,-120.7354. The following Gmap4 link displays the hi-res topo map centered at that same spot:

Would people enjoy seeing a similar Gmap4 link on each trail detail page?

This project is part of my way of 'paying it forward'. Translation: Gmap4 is free for non-commercial use.

If you would like to learn more about Gmap4 you will find a FAQ, examples, quick start info (in the Help file) and more on the Gmap4 homepage:

Joseph Elfelt, the Gmap4 guy
Redmond, WA

Posted by:

jelf on Oct 05, 2012 08:51 PM

topo map

I would LOVE to see a topo map of the actual trail route on wta. has one, but you have to pay to use them, and wta's website is nicer/easier/bigger/better, so I think this would make wta's website perfection.

Posted by:

"kae" on Oct 05, 2012 05:41 PM


Duh!!! Of course we would LOVE to see a link to the topo sheets on the WTA site for the trail guides. That would be fantastic.

Posted by:

pseudotsuga on Oct 05, 2012 08:51 PM

this sounds really cool

However not working in my browser (IE9). "invalid Data" error. I see the map but no fires. The topo map alone is fun though. This would be a fabulous tool for many places on the site.

Posted by:

"rnnrgrl" on Oct 08, 2012 09:52 PM