This map provides information on the demographics of fires that ravaged the San Diego Area in 2007. Which fire affected the area with the greatest population? Which fire affected the area with the smallest population?
"Places," represented on the map by tan coloring, are specific areas, such as towns and neighborhoods. Which fire perimeter burned through the most places?
At its widest, what is the approximate width of the Witch Fire?
Look at the perimeters of the Rice and Poomacha fires. How do you think transportation and evacuation routes were affected by the fires in each area?
This map was created using GIS technology by cartographers at the American Red Cross, who organized and provided disaster-relief services to areas affected by the wildfires. Why do you think the Red Cross mapmakers included demographic information such as household (HH) income or the residents' status as owners or renters?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry American Red Cross Noun
nonprofit organization that provides resources to disaster victims.
having to do with the social characteristics and statistics of a population.
geographic information system (GIS) Noun
any system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on the Earth's surface.
Encyclopedic Entry: GIS (geographic information system) income Noun
wages, salary, or amount of money earned.
natural disaster Noun
an event occurring naturally that has large-scale effects on the environment and people, such as a volcano, earthquake, or hurricane.
an area within a larger city or town where people live and interact with one another.
Encyclopedic Entry: neighborhood perimeter Noun
outline or border.
total number of people or organisms in a particular area.
uncontrolled fire that happens in a rural or sparsely populated area.