Regional GIS Staff Assists with Evans Road Wildfire in Eastern North Carolina
Southeast Region GIS Committee members Laura Pickens, Asheville ES, and Brian Van Druten, Alligator River NWR, have been assisting with the 41,543 acre Evans Road Wildfire in eastern North Carolina. Laura spent 16 days working on the incident and Brian still is there working and will have spent 28 of 30 days on the incident when he leaves on July 14th. Both have worked many 16 hour days producing vital map products for the incident. The Evans Road Wildfire started on June 1, 2008 on private land south of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Strong winds spread the fire onto the refuge on June 3 and Type 2 Incident Management Teams from North Carolina have been managing the fire ever since. The area the fire spread into contains vast deposits of peat soils which have caught fire and make controlling the fire difficult. Flooding of the perimeter of the fire has been a priority to extinguish the ground fire but there have been obstacles such as restrictions on water usage from some bodies of water and elevation challenges moving the water. Currently water is being pumped over 30 miles from 4 main sources. Here are some of the products they produced.
Puerto Rico National Wildlife Refuges use GIS to Educate and Inform
William Hernandez, a student trainee Fish and Wildlife biologist at the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, is using GIS to create educational maps to promote outreach within the island communities. More...