FireClear

Why a map?

Color choices, fonts, lines, symbols, etc. all come together and create a visual impression. Most traditional maps are heavy with detail and specific coding that take a level of skillset to read and understand. Most people do not use maps in their everyday life to build or sustain that skillset. Initially, it takes more time to read the layers of maps and their details. The way people navigate today doesn’t require the map-reading skills needed to effectively understand scientific, data-heavy, or dense maps. FireClear translates maps used my emergency management and filters information to make information less dense, simplified, and more relevant to a non-trained person ranging in demographics and emergency experience. 

FireClear is based on a more diagrammatic approached that is similar to public transportation maps. For example, the London Underground Tube map is the most celebrated and effective public-facing map for an international audience. This map also omits levels of detail and doesn’t reflect the accuracy of the geography, yet still functional and effective. The Tube map has been used as a model for public-facing transportation information worldwide. FireClear applies color, line weight, use of symbols, and font with specific rules, similar to grammar. This ensures that information is relevant and intentionally focused on the use and application of fire risk information for public use.

Orange County

FireClear received the California Emergency Services Association’s Silver Award for the FireClear campaign in Laguna Beach, Orange County.

Disclaimer: Tsunami information and inundation area is reviewed and revised regularly by CalOES and CGS. The maps below do not reflect the most recent and updated changes. Please do not refer to these maps in an emergency situations. Refer to your local emergency management department in your city for updates.

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Each area included an area-wide zone map (below) that provided all the zones. That way people could indicate the zone locations of schools, work, and home of family and friends before any emergency occurs.

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Marin County

FireClear are funded by fire agencies, cities and towns, and a grant from Cal Fire.  Some communities may opt to mail printed copies of these maps to residents with funding support from Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority.

A parcel tax measure was on the ballot for Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority voters in Marin County on March 3, 2020 and it passed. The vote supported authorizing the district to levy a parcel tax of $75 per multifamily unit for 10 years to fund wildfire prevention and preparedness efforts.

Disclaimer: Tsunami information and inundation area is reviewed and revised regularly by CalOES and CGS. The maps below do not reflect the most recent and updated changes. Please do not refer to these maps in an emergency situations. Refer to your local emergency management department in your city for updates.