Fire victims from Santa Rosa can search addresses to see what their home looked like after Oct. 11. It could give a sense of whether homes burned or not. The map uses compiled satellite imagery taken on Oct. 11, 2017, courtesy of Digital Globe, a Colorado-based mapping company. It is not currently being updated.
The map was created by Eric Lu, 24, a San Francisco software engineer, after reading online conversations among fire victims desperate to know if their houses survived the fire. Lu’s family who lives in the Santa Rosa neighborhood of Fountaingrove was affected.
“Folks weren’t allowed to go back into the neighborhood,” he said. “People really wanted to know about their property.”
Lu said the layer of smoke captured in the images can make it difficult for residents to determine the level of damage to their property.
Right now, the images show only Santa Rosa neighborhoods, but Lu said he hopes to add other neighborhoods as the boundaries of the satellite imagery become available.