Where's the fire? ChicagoFireMaps.net follows up on FIRE-RESCUE-EMS incidents throughout Chicagoland -- providing concise details and a wide map and zoom satellite view of each incident scene*. Incident reporting is often based on breaking information which may contain inaccuracies, with no guarantee of 100% corrections. Sources of information include live fire radio communications, justin.tv/radioman911 (and other feeds), facebook.com/ChicagoFireAlerts (Northern Illinois Fire Ground Photos), FIRENET CHICAGO, and other sources. When possible, referrals to news media coverage and videos will be included.
The mission of ChicagoFireMaps.net is to aggregate incidents into one searchable and tagged blog-style database within a maximum of one or two days of occurrence. Posting breaking news is not the primary goal of ChicagoFireMaps.net. However, occasionally ChicagoFireMaps.net provides breaking information as it is happening. Please check the sources listed in the NEWS SOURCES page for a variety of breaking news reports from dedicated individuals and news agencies.
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Metropolitan statistical area
The Chicago Fire Map information covers the Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area -- occasionally extending into southern Wisconsin, north-central Illinois, or northwest Indiana in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI MSA.
The Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was originally designated by the United States Census Bureau in 1950. The original MSA consisted of the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake (Illinois) and Will, along with Lake County (Indiana). As surrounding counties saw an increase in their population densities and the number of their residents employed within Cook County, they met Census criteria to be added to the MSA. The Chicago MSA is now defined as the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI MSA.
The Chicago MSA or long version, Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI MSA, is the third largest MSA by population in the United States with a population of 9,580,567 (2009 estimate).
The Chicago MSA is further subdivided into the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division, corresponding roughly to the CMAP region; the Gary, IN Metropolitan Division consisting of the Indiana counties of Lake and Porter, as well as two surrounding counties; and the Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division.
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*Maps are retrieved from Google addresses. Precise locations are not guaranteed verified unless specified "VERIFIED".