This year, news about Colorado fires have become almost commonplace news fodder in the mornings. Tonight I got home after a long day working and horrible traffic only to watch in horror as the Waldo Canyon Fire was broadcast as it encroached on Colorado Springs. Live video showed people’s houses being devoured while heartbroken reporters tried to relay information over the local news channel. I checked in with friends to make sure they were OK and fired up Twitter. There was so much chatter for #WaldoCanyonFire that it was near impossible to get good information out.
Working with social media (and web tech in general) is one of the things I do at work. At first I just started retweeting attention grabbing pictures and tweets, then I decided to concentrate on the important stuff. Being at home with “regular” tools on hand, things felt chaotic. Clicks on my shortlinks would spike immediately then die off (my personal social network isn’t very big mind you).
It dawned on me that while I have my bit.ly reports to fall back on, my friends and family don’t have that luxury. What if they don’t bookmark the links but want to keep up with events? Posting a webpage was the obvious answer, but all of my sites are in a state of limbo. I have a blog (you’re reading it) which is 100% running but lacking of any decent content. Not really a big deal, but the URL isn’t easy to remember, which kind of defeats the purpose. I decided to make a page for the Colorado Fires on Phillip Marquez dot com.
For people who know me, it’s easy to remember and as far as listing reference sites and information for the fires in Colorado, it would do perfectly well. Some parts of the site are still under evaluation and configuration, so keep that in mind if you poke around.
Currently I have a decent list for the following Colorado fires:
- Waldo Canyon Fire
- Flagstaff Fire
Considering how late it is in the evening I will have to update the page for the other major fires:
- High Park Fire
- Little Sand Fire
- Possibly Weber Fire
Keep in mind that these are just the mainstream media fires due to their size or their proximity to populated areas. There are other wildfires in the state that are quite serious. See the InciWeb page for Colorado for a list.