Bushfire.io began as a website thrown together at the height of Australia’s worst ever bushfire crisis. Our fire map integrates data from a variety of sources and provides a national view of fire events, fire hotspots, road closures, weather, and other critical bushfire information.
We are actively working on new features and would appreciate your feedback, suggestions or ideas. We pay close attention to everything you submit. Our bushfire map is just the beginning. Our aim is to fuse data to better inform people about natural hazards – whether it be fire, flood or storm.
Disclaimer While due care has been taken to provide information as near real time (from the agencies) as possible, the information on this site is provided as general information only. There are a range of factors which might impact the quality of the information, including, but not limited to patchy mobile coverage in the bush, equipment failures, bad code, or issues with data feeds. As such, we do not make any representations or warranty that the information is reliable, accurate, current, complete or fit for any purpose. You should make your own enquiries and seek professional advice, as appropriate, before making any decisions based on information found on this site. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage, however caused, which you may suffer in connection with or arising from the use of the information on this site.
While we have made the symbols on bushfire.io as intuitive as possible, this legend provides further detail on sources of information and how to interpret it.
The bushfire warnings are sourced from all Australian states and territories. They can appear as a highlighted area (a polygon), or a single flame symbol. The bushfire warning system includes:
Fire related 'incidents' may or may not relate to a Warning. Types of incidents include:
These are areas which have previously been burnt by fire.
The hotspot colours are based on the energy output (e.g. radiant heat) measured in megawatts (MW), with red being the hottest. The edges/border of the circle represent recency, with the newer hotspots appearing more solid, and will fade over time. The radius is indicative of the resolution of the satellite's sensor, the smaller (350m radius) circles indicate a more precise position. One megawatt is the same output as 10 car engines.
Yellow aircraft indicate a single fire fighting/observation aircraft.
Grey denotes an aircraft which has not moved (or there is no data) for 5 minutes or more.
Aircraft will remain visible for up to 4 hours after they cease operating. Clicking on an aircraft will display additional details such as aircraft type, role and the aircraft’s historical path for the current operation.
There are various types of aircraft, some you may see include:
Road hazards are denoted as and indicate closed or hazardous roads. You may also note a red line around the symbol which indicates the extent of the road closure.
We use wind barbs (the weird looking symbols) to indicate average wind observations (actual wind) and temperature (the colour of the barb) over a large area. Interpret the barb as if the wind is blowing along the central fin, toward the circle, as if you fired an arrow and it's flying with the wind. Use the following rules:
The wind overlay (the particles/meteors flying across the screen) indicate the wind forecasted (not observed) at the current time. As such, the wind bard/wind observations are more accurate, and the wind overlay is more of a guide. The faster the wind forecasted, the faster the particles move across the screen. Colours also change with greater wind speed – from green/blue through yellow to purple.
The map is oriented north-up. Toward the top of the screen is north, toward the bottom of the screen is south. If you turn on 'locate me' there is an arrow which shows your relative orientation.
We're more than happy for you to include our interactive map in your own website. You can use the HTML below and incorporate as necessary.
At the height of the Australia’s worst ever bushfire crisis in 2019-20, we noticed people were having difficulty accessing the information they needed to make critical decisions for themselves, their families and their businesses.
The best information at the time showed if a fire was in the area, but which way was the weather pushing it? What roads were closed? And what if you needed to know what was happening in another state or territory? Even fire fighters struggled with a complete picture of this essential information.
Our goal was simple, let’s fuse the data to provide one national view of the critical information people need to protect themselves and their property.
Over four weeks in January and February 2020 we pushed out over 100 different versions of Bushfire.io. We fixed bugs, ensured it worked on a variety of devices, stopped servers from being overloaded, improved loading speeds and worried about how we were going to fund it all. Above all, we read your feedback and rapidly added the new features you wanted. Our focus was to meet the needs of the public and firefighters – and that saw us become the go-to platform for bushfire information.
For fires, Bushfire.io now integrates information from a variety of feeds to show on one map:
As we emerge from the 2019-20 bushfire season, we are now turning our focus to business models and funding to keep this effort viable. We retain a critical focus on bushfires and intend to expand to include other forms of natural hazard (flood, storm, wind), predictive modelling, proactive alerting, and critical tools for firefighters. We're establishing ourselves as a social enterprise because our goal is to make a difference. We want to be sustainable in our own right, without depending on charitable donations or advertising. Over time, we intend to add some premium paid features to bushfire.io. That will help us cover the costs of maintaining the platform, and ensure that we can continue to provide the public with the essential information you need for safety of life and property protection. Our motivation is to serve the public, volunteer firefighters and the myriad of others who help our communities in their time of need.
If you would like to contribute, we would appreciate your feedback. Keep an eye out for new features either here, or via our Facebook page. If you're super keen, we'd love it if you Bought Us a Coffee. Or get in contact if you would like to contribute in another way!
The Team at Bushfire.io: Tristan, Mark, Ben, Nicole, Chris, Ian, Tim & Luke.