This application is designed to provide up to date information about bush fire data in Victoria, Australia for iPhone, iPad and iPod users.
It utilises data from the Victorian Country Fire Authority/Victorian Department of Sustainability data feeds on fires, wind data from the Bureau of Meteorology with your current location provided by the iPhone GPS.
Using this information the application is able to provide a list of fires showing the nearest ones first, helping you to understand your current situation.
The information is reliant on both the accuracy of the iPhone GPS and the data recorded on the CFA's website.
This application does not cache any data, so Internet access (either Wireless. 3G or GPRS) is required to access the data.
We have enabled this application for the iPod Touch as well, but note that the GPS location and therefore distance from the fire may be unreliable.
Be aware that while P4G has utilised "best efforts" to provide this information to you, it is not intended to replace other sources of information on the fire situation near you. Also remember that fire and weather can change quickly.
All data is provided Copyright from the Victorian Country Fire Authority and the Victorian Department of Sustainability.
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Moved the Evacuate Now warnings to be at the top of the list alongside the Emergency warnings
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Reliable and clear information about ‘events’
Thank goodness that this app is easy to use.
The ability to provide reliable and clear information about ‘events’ which doesn’t need to reset to consistently when exiting from an incident information link, unlike the ‘State’s Emergency Service’ app.
Please keep this app running as it’s fantastic.
Needs a better Legend
Needs explanation of what the different coloured shaded patches are. They aren’t mentioned on the legend. Probably it’s more obvious when there are not so very many fires. As far as I can work out, the “i” icons are each related to a shaded area but it is hard to work out which “i” goes with which patch. I initially thought the yellow patch stretching all the way up to Albury depicted the borders of a massive fire, but my relatives in the area assure me they aren’t burning, so I assume it goes with the air quality warning icon?
It wouldn’t hurt to have a Help page for new users to explain the basics of how to read the map.
I currently have to watch fires on both sides of the NSW/Vic border and I’m using the RFS Fires Near Me app, this app and Vic Emergency app. RFS Fires Near Me is so much better that I use it to check the Vic side fires. It doesn’t give much info just fire boundaries (it’s not their role, they have enough to do) but it’s so much more user friendly than this app and the VE one. And typically the Vic based ones don’t lower themselves to include fires on the NSW side. Cut all the pretty animations and put an address function on it for starters. Then go check out Fires Near Me and change your design. We’re going to rely on these every summer from now on, please do better.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.