Links: More Fire Maps, New Tutorials

[UPDATE 1900 EDT: Google has posted a master network link where they have compiled a bunch of resources. It will automatically update with new stuff as they add it. Download the master layer for the California fires here .]
Just a quick few links – I’m traveling today:

  • More Fire Maps – Google posted a compilation of many different organizations and individuals using Google Maps to track the fires in California as well as relief efforts. Google also has released a zoomable high-res overlay of a recent DigitalGlobe satellite photo of a portion of the fires in San Diego, and later they added new imagery from NASA and the USFS showing thermal imagery of the area. See other GE related content here .

  • New Tutorials – Google has released some new tutorials at Google Earth Outreach on how to make maps with Google Maps which can also be used with Google Earth.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I’ve been following the KPBS, LA Times, and OC Register maps in Google Earth, and all of a sudden, this afternoon, all of the icons were lost (they changed from helpful fire icons or exclamation points for evacuations, and became blue squares with X marks). Is this just a problem with the sites, or is it my computer? Can anyone help me get the real icons back?

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