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Interactive GIS map helps victims of Gatlinburg wildfires

Matt Hamblen | Dec. 7, 2016
Esri worked with Sevier County and Forestry officials in setting up quick way for evacuees to see whether their property was destroyed

The Sevier County interactive map is hosted by Esri in the cloud, which made it easier to handle the many simultaneous web requests. Esri competes with Google and other companies for some of the GIS tools it provides to emergency response organizations, but McIntosh said Esri also provides a complete array of services that help communities relocate residents and businesses. Some of the basic ingredients for creating an interactive map with the Esri ArcGIS Online product start at just $2,000, he said.

Fire officials are still trying to determine the exact cause of the wildfires, but have said they can be attributed to human activity. The fires spread so quickly that some residents said they didn't have time to properly evacuate.


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