Sunday, February 07, 2021

The National Bushfire Map

The 2019-2020 bushfire season in Australia, was truly disastrous and is now referred to in Australia as Black Summer. Around 46,050,750 acres were burned during last year's bushfire season, over 9,000 buildings were destroyed, and nearly 500 people lost their lives.

In January of 2020 a new national bushfire map was released. is an interactive map which uses data from a range of sources to provide a national view of wildfire events in Australia. The map shows current fire hotspots, road closures and information on the latest wind and weather. 

On the map current fire warnings are shown using markers and colored polygons. Locations with fire warnings are shown in red. If you select a warning shown on the map then you can read more detail on the alert level in place, evacuation details & addresses, news on road closures & conditions, and news on the fire-fighting response to the fire.The map also includes an animated wind layer which shows the latest wind conditions across the whole country.

If you register with then you can receive push notifications and alerts about bushfire events near your home.

MyFireWatch is another interactive map providing information on the latest bushfires in Australia. This map uses data from remote sensing satellites and is updated every 2-4 hours, depending on the position of satellites. If you select a fire marker on the map you can read details on the time and date when the fire was last detected and its longitude and latitude.

MyFireWatch also includes an Incidents and Warnings section which provides information on the latest fire warnings issued in each state. 

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