Witch Creek Fire Map

Witch Creek Fire Map

Witch Creek Fire Map – A Cartographer’s Perspective

Key Takeaways

  • The Witch Creek Fire was one of the largest wildfires in California history, causing extensive damage.
  • A detailed map of the fire helps in understanding its extent and assisting in recovery efforts.
  • The map showcases affected areas, evacuation routes, and fire progression.
  • Understanding topography and wind patterns is crucial for accurate fire mapping.
  • Modern technology allows for real-time updates and interactive map experiences.


The Witch Creek Fire, which occurred in October 2007, was one of the most devastating wildfires in California’s history. It started near Santa Ysabel and quickly spread across the region due to dry conditions and strong Santa Ana winds.

As a cartographer, I had the opportunity to create a detailed map of the Witch Creek Fire. The map was invaluable for emergency response teams, residents, and those involved in recovery efforts. It provided vital information about the fire’s progression, evacuation routes, and affected areas.

Unique Insights

While creating the Witch Creek Fire map, several unique insights emerged:

  • The fire’s spread was heavily influenced by the region’s topography. Canyons and valleys acted as natural channels, accelerating the fire’s movement and making containment efforts challenging.
  • Wind patterns played a crucial role in the fire’s direction. Analyzing historical wind data and observing wind patterns during the fire allowed us to predict potential areas of concern.
  • Understanding the vegetation in the impacted areas was crucial for assessing fire behavior. Different types of vegetation have varying flammability, influencing the fire’s intensity and speed.
  • Collaboration with local authorities and residents was vital in creating an accurate and comprehensive map. Their first-hand knowledge and information helped capture critical details, such as road closures and evacuation centers.
  • The Witch Creek Fire highlighted the need for continuous map updates. As the fire progressed, incorporating real-time information into the map allowed for better decision-making and more effective resource allocation.
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Table of Relevant Facts

Date Area Affected Structures Destroyed
October 21, 2007 Approximately 40,200 acres 56
October 25, 2007 Approximately 232,000 acres 1,125
October 28, 2007 Approximately 197,990 acres 1,650
November 2, 2007 Approximately 198,286 acres 1,376

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How did the Witch Creek Fire start?
The Witch Creek Fire started near Santa Ysabel due to unknown causes.
2. How long did it take to contain the fire?
The fire was fully contained on November 9, 2007, after burning for approximately 17 days.
3. Were there any casualties?
Tragically, two deaths were reported in connection to the Witch Creek Fire.
4. What were the major challenges faced by firefighters?
The major challenges faced by firefighters included strong Santa Ana winds, rugged terrain, and limited access to certain areas.
5. How did the Witch Creek Fire impact wildlife?
The fire caused significant damage to wildlife habitats, displacing and endangering various species.
6. Were there any notable acts of heroism during the fire?
Numerous acts of heroism were reported during the Witch Creek Fire, with firefighters, volunteers, and residents going above and beyond to save lives and protect property.
7. What were the key lessons learned from the Witch Creek Fire?
The Witch Creek Fire highlighted the importance of preparedness, early evacuation, and effective communication between authorities and residents in mitigating the impact of wildfires.

External Links

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LSI Keywords

  • Witch Creek Fire
  • California wildfire
  • Wildfire mapping
  • Santa Ana winds
  • Topography and wildfires
  • Real-time fire updates
  • Firefighting challenges
  • Evacuation routes
  • Vegetation and fire behavior
  • Collaboration in fire mapping
  • Disaster recovery efforts

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