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While we have attempted to make most symbols intuitive (or after clicking on them), hopefully this legend will help further.
The bushfire warnings are sourced from all states and territories. They can appear as a highlighted area (a polygon), or a single flame symbol. The bushfire warning system includes:
Some states (all except NSW) publish fire related 'incidents' which may or may not be related 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 representing 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.
Whereas, 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.
Current average wind observations are indicated by the wind barbs, the weird yellow arrows. This provides at-a-glance data once you understand the system. The wind direction is the direction the arrow points, as if you have fired an arrow with the wind. Wind speed is determined by the number of ‘feathers’ on the end of the arrow. A long ‘feather’ indicates 10 km/h of wind. A short ‘feather’ indicates 5 km/h of wind. As an example, the image has three long feathers, so 30 km/h of wind blowing toward the south. Clicking on an arrow will bring up additional weather observations for that location such as average wind gusts and temperature.
The wind overlay (the things/particles flying across the screen) indicate the wind forecasted (not observed) at the current time. As such, the wind observations are more accurate and the wind overlay is more of a guide. The faster the wind forecasted, the faster the particles and the colours change move 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.