My Fire Watch Tracks Australia’s Fires

I came across a website, My Fire Watch, via the ABC Rural site, which is a worth wild online GIS application that tracks current fires across Australia and overlays past burn areas of the last couple years with current surface weather reports and lightning strike locations up to 72hrs old.  You can also bring up ground imagery and areas of high vegetation.  This is a efficient application for the reporting stations on the continent.

Unlike the US, weather radars in Australia are not as modern in features and much of the continent is sparse to empty with huge gaps in coverage.  Lighting sensors can detect through radio waves more than a average radar coverage of a 200mi radius or so.  Until more remote sensing can be brought online in future years, this gives disaster planning a decent level of situational awareness on many scales.


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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