The past few months have not been easy for the United States. : indeed in addition to the Coronavirus, local authorities must also deal with terrible forest fires that ravage about fifteen states across the country, including California, which has had a lot of trouble for weeks.

Wishing to help, Google has decided to launch a handy new feature on Google Maps : the mapping service now displays a detailed map of forest fires. US users will then be able to follow the propagation of the flames in real time..

Announced on 20 last august, this new Maps feature was developed in close collaboration with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal YES).

Since Thursday 20 August, U.S. Google Maps users can view maps that show forest fire boundaries. Really practical, this brand new feature of the mapping service not only allows it to locate and display "hot spots", but also to offer real-time monitoring of the progress of the fire.

To do this, Google Maps uses satellite data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES (NOAA). Data which it then analyzes with the Google Earth Engine tool. Information is updated hourly to allow live monitoring of fires.

The goal is to allow individuals not to be caught off guard in case a fire spreads on their side., or to avoid disaster areas for those who are on the move. The new feature also offers them alternative routes to avoid the worst. It also sends an alert notification to users who are near a fire..

Really useful and practical, this new feature of Google Maps is currently only available in the United States. Google, however, plans to offer it in other countries ... which would not be refused with the number of natural fires which have continued to increase around the world lately.. Using Maps would go a long way in reducing the number of victims ...

The only downside to the new Google Maps option, that is, it needs an internet connection to be fully operational. Otherwise, real-time monitoring is not possible.

The initiative is no less interesting, because it represents a source of quick and useful information for people who live or are not far from burning areas. She could also help firefighters, emergency services and medical personnel to improve their work.


World news – FR – Google Maps tracks the progress of fires hour by hour in the United States

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