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USGS releases wildfire app

Information about active wildfires across the country now available on mobile devices

Posted August 1, 2018

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) states that its newly designed GeoMAC, a near real-time web mapping service hosted by the Agency, is now available through any web browser compatible with mobile devices.

According to USGS, GeoMAC was created nearly 20 years ago to give fire managers near real-time information about spreading wildfires, allowing them to make more effective decisions about where to deploy firefighting resources.

Fire perimeter data is updated daily based upon input from incident intelligence sources, GPS (global positioning system) data, and infrared imagery from fixed wing and satellite platforms. GeoMAC allows users in remote locations to manipulate map information displays, zoom in and out to display fire information at various scales and levels of detail, and print hard-copy maps for use in fire-information and media briefings and by dispatch offices and coordination centers. GeoMAC also provides automated data feeds that other mapping applications use to display wildfire perimeter data.

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