First the good: When the information is posted, it's reliable. The bad: Not all major fires get reported, or in a timely fashion. HOWEVER, understand that over-tasked people are responsible for updating the fire information. You can't expect up to the hour updates when the primary focus is stopping the fire. Secondly, this is for CalFire incident reporting, not smaller municipal or city departments. It's nice that CalFire even takes the time to update on major fires not under their jurisdiction. The annoying: Apparently no matter what I do, my location is permanently defaulted to Sacramento...
We have had 3or 4 fires about 10 miles away from us and have never been alerted. It is supposed to alert us if the fire is within 30 miles. This app is useless.
This app helped us a great deal last summer when we had a very large month long fire about 8 miles away. It also helped us identify is smoke we smelled was from a new fire or smoke drift.
This app is junk. We have several fires within 5 miles of our house and not a single notification. If you think you are safe because you have not had an alert, you could be dead before you know it.
It sends late alerts, up to four hours late. Last night a fire started in our area. I didn't hear a peep. It doesn't show on the map. Is there another app that works? This one apparently doesn't.
It is pretty good about letting me know when fire is close. Especially living in Kern Valley when the Erskine Fire hit, this app let me know while I was in my forestry class in Bakersfield and my children's day care was in Lake Isabella.
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