We made code updates to the Wildfire Map 1 week ago

2020 Change Log

Version 5.0.3 (July 2020)

  • Regular bug fixes and improvements
  • Added tool to present several important pieces of GIS information by clicking on the map
  • Accout menu shows user's member type and whether they have access to premium features

Version 5.0.2 (June 2020)

  • Regular bug fixes and improvements

Version 5.0.1 (May 2020)

  • Updated tiles for weather radar
  • Added ability to determine fuel type, when fuel type layer is on, by clicking on the map
  • Updated algorithm to show relevant wildfire perimeters
  • A new method was instituted to make loading and viewing archived fires easier and faster
  • Point-click fire weather forecast issues were fixed
  • Modifications made to lightning data to speed up load time through caching
  • Map elements are now rendered in Canvas instead of through DOM-manipulation; decreases load time for map users

Version 5.0 (April 8, 2020)

  • True North Gear was added as title sponsor in various places
  • Added the ability to filter wildfires by size and by time
  • Added the ability to request fire weather forecasts from the tools menu
  • Added the ability to search using zip codes
  • Updated the FontAwesome library to the latest version
  • Redesigned multiple features and updated colors
  • Redesigned wildfire incident pages
  • Redesigned the layout of the map to eliminate redundancy in header, and allow more space for various features (use more overlays on the map for settings, overlays, etc.):
    • Fire info and WWA modal layout
    • Layers menu (added different styled checkboxes)
    • Added user menu in separate panel from layers
    • Search feature redesigned and moved
    • Added a help guide to the map for users' questions
    • New design for popups when you click on different markers
    • Added information to show responsible fire unit's logo if it matches a larger agency (eg: USFS, BLM, CAL FIRE, etc.)
    • Moved several pieces of data to be loaded asynchronously instead of through DOM rendering
  • Made several important algorithm and API updates:
    • API formatting will make processing easier (speeds up load times)
    • Updated wildfire incident numbers in database to match standard and reduce the redundant formatting of the incident number throughout the website
    • Fixed the algorithm to show the most relevant city closest to the fire (eg: 17.3 miles NE of Paradise, CA)
  • Modified how user settings are saved manually and automatically
  • Added a new database to get the responsible/managing fire unit (eg: ORWWF = USFS/Wallowa-Whitman National Forest)
  • Added a "my fires" feature for users to "follow fires" of their choosing
  • Removed Oregon-only highway incidents from the map
  • Fixed timezone issues with fire weather forecast chart and removed the process from rendering in DOM; put it into asynchronous JavaScript with caching system; and upgraded Chart.js to latest version
  • Added secondary tileset (satellite) to incident details page
  • Added the last updated date of wildfire perimeters
  • Updated the way fire perimeters are gathered and disseminated
  • Fixed several permissions issues
  • Added MODIS satellite fire/heat detections
  • Added USFS boundaries to map
  • Fixed the login script to keep authenticated users logged in more securely
  • Allowed winter advisories, watches, and warnings from November-March to show on the map

2019 Change Log

Version 4.13 (August 2019)

  • (8/15) Updated formatting of wildfire incident numbers to conform with the quasi-standardized national format (eg: ID-BOF-000001 vs. 2019-IDBOF-000001)
  • (8/13) Designed a new layout for the FGP model using a gradient instead of solid colors
  • (8/13) Fixed issues with the login system to help keep users logged in; especially users logged in on multiple devices
  • (8/8) Added a feature to allow users to decide whether they want their map settings remembered automatically every 5 minutes
  • (8/2) Fixed several programmatic issues with the search feature; moved this feature to our APIs
  • Continued improving code on our servers that gather fire data and built a more intelligent reverse geocode script

Version 4.12 (July 2019)

  • Continued improving code on our servers that gather fire data at a very, constant rate
  • Fixed various bug and formatting issues
  • (7/26) Added a scale bar in miles for reference to the map

Version 4.1 (May 2019)

  • (5/17) Updated jQuery, Leaflet, and FontAwesome libraries

Version 4.0 (May 2019)

  • Added feature to get nearby GIS locations via the "i" symbol on the side
  • Reformatted the zoom in/out buttons, basemap selector, and other buttons (left side)
  • Increased font size in several areas for easier readability
  • Added CSS-styled tooltips to several buttons and functions on the map to give users more information about what they're clicking on (hover over buttons on left)
  • Changed several symbols to better portray their intended purposes
  • Added login option from "donate popup" for existing users, so they don't have to click into the main menu to login
  • Added highway incidents/closures (Oregon only at this time; more states to come later)
  • Update search feature to return more relevant results and search more FWAC databases at an increased speed
  • New format for wildfire details popup (modal)
  • New, faster overlay for lightning data
  • Only shows last 1 hour and last 24 hours to improve server performance and erroneous loading issues
  • Additional APIs added for data communication for various information
  • Slight menu redesign for UI and functionality
  • Fix nearest city API to show the nearest city, and the most populated
  • Bug fixes and code improvements
  • Fixed several broken links in several places
  • Fix bugs with wildfire archive features
  • Add loading circle while data is processing to show users "something is happening"
  • Fix cron jobs to reduce duplicate/irrelevant fires, increase speed, and verify accuracy with dispatch center data
  • Continue fixing to mobility issues with full page fire incident details
  • Verify fire map shows correctly in Android app

2018 Change Log

Version 3.0 (May 2018)

  • Bug and code fixes to make more efficient
  • Added cities into map search based on user input of city, state, and/or zip code
  • Re-added lightning overlay with caching error fixes
  • Made variables static javascript instead of dynamic PHP
  • Updated loading icon; used SVG vs GIF
  • Fix nearest weather station API
  • Updated layers menu UI
  • Remove SPC thunderstorm outlook; add weather alerts (SVR, TOR, RFW) in GIS format
  • Move legend to a different place