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Google Maps shows live forest fires

 


Google Maps shows live forest fires



Google Maps has introduced an update to make it easier to access information about wildfires in real time. Thus, the application intends to become a useful tool in emergency situations. The company announced, Wednesday, that Google Maps will now display, in a distinctive color, the areas where the fire is burning.


The tool was so far only available in the United States. There, thanks to the collaboration of the US Interagency National Fire Center, information on fires is updated hourly with data on hectares burned, roads closed and cities evacuated.


From now on, any user from anywhere in the world can access this feature. At the moment, it can only be accessed by Android phones, and throughout October it will also be activated for iOS and in the desktop version.


When users open Google Maps, they will see the burning surface colored in a special tone. By clicking on it, they will have access to external links with official and detailed information about the fire and possible evacuations. Helplines and other useful information will also be displayed in the event of an eviction. In this way, they assure the company that citizens will be able to "make quick and informed decisions in critical times."


In 2019, Google Maps began displaying private information to users in areas affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. The app has enabled crisis notifications detailing the area where the natural disaster occurred, as well as options for sharing location and information about the area. Similarly, since 2020, Google has included an earthquake alert system. Although it has begun testing in the US, last summer it also began activating it in Greece and New Zealand.

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