Our reporting staff is working on several stories about the Lockheed Fire as we approach the 1-year anniversary. My memory from behind this screen was an incredible outpouring and sharing of community information through the Sentinel website.
Early Saturday morning, we had a hard time getting immediate information from officials and from our staff reporters, so we opened a live conversation window, allowing neighbors and officials to share their experiences through the night.
The result was more than 2,000 comments on this message board, with many people staying through the duration of the fire, posting updates at all hours. We asked readers of the conversation to help us with our map, and we got great response, and one reader who collaborated to help us keep it updated with the latest fire boundaries. The map drew more than 800,000 views.
Our stories tomorrow will help share the human story of the neighbors affected by the fire and how they are doing a year later. From a newsroom and online perspective, it showed us ways that the community can help shape and contribute to live coverage of news events.
Here’s a look back at that live community conversation from a year ago: