By mid-2013, too much of California was on fire, much earlier than it should have been—which put an interesting, if particularly morbid, burden on the KPCC newsroom staff. We needed something automated, and our Digital Team had two weeks in which to build-and-launch it. Bonus points if it were embeddable.
So, an automated, content-and-client-responsive, embeddable, modular tool is what we built. The incomparable Chris Keller built a pipe into the CalFire data while I rapidly designed and coded the front-end.
Fire Tracker was the winner of an Editor & Publisher Award for Best Community Service on a Media-Affiliated Website.