Google Maps Rolls Out Wildfire Tracking Globally

From PC Mag: Google this week introduced fresh mapping features aimed at keeping global communities safe, sustainable, and discoverable.

Building on the firm's wildlife boundary map, launched last year to provide satellite data about California's infernos, the new wildfire layer is now available globally.

Tap on a virtual fire—indicated by a red-and-white flame icon—to see links to resources from local governments (think emergency websites, phone numbers, and evacuation details). And when available, Maps will provide details about the fire, such as its containment status and how many acres have burned.

The wildfire layer is rolling out globally this week on Android, and will reach iOS and desktop users next month. In the US, the feature expands to include more fires based on data from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC); Google wants to provide the same level of detail to more countries, starting with Australia.

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