Bushfire Warnings: The Sites And Apps You Need

Bushfire season is in full swing, and knowing the location of potentially risky fires is essential, especially if you live in a rural area. Fire services make full use of technology to keep Australians informed, with all offering online updates and many offering specific apps as well. We've rounded them all up to help you keep safe this summer.

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Below we've listed every site, map, RSS feed, Twitter feed, Facebook page, iOS and Android app we could locate for the major fire services in Australia (larger states have distinct urban and rural organisations; we've listed the rural ones first where appropriate, since they more typically deal with bushfires). If we've missed something, let us know in the comments. We've only included official apps and sites, not third-party services that draw on the published information.

Facebook and Twitter are useful as official sites can be hard to access during periods of high traffic. During periods of high fire danger, it makes sense to check multiple sources, as systems can break down; fire authorities always stress not relying on any single source of information.

New South Wales

NSW Rural Fire Service: site, map, RSS, Twitter, Facebook, Android, iOS

Fire & Rescue NSW: site, RSS, Twitter, Facebook,


Country Fire Authority: site, map, RSS, Twitter, Facebook, Android, iOS

Metropolitan Fire Board: site, map, Twitter, Facebook


Rural Fire Service: site, map, RSS, Twitter, Facebook

Queensland Fire And Rescue Service: site, Twitter, Facebook

Western Australia

Department Of Fire And Emergency Services: site, Twitter

South Australia

Country Fire Service: site, map, Twitter, Facebook, Android,

Metropolitan Fire Service: site, Twitter


Tasmania Fire Service: site, map, RSS, Twitter, Facebook


ACT Rural Fire Service: site, map, RSS, Twitter, Facebook

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Fire And Rescue Service: site


    For another more timely, but less structured source of information in South Australia, have a look at http://www.sascan.net.au/?page=grnPaging I'm not sure if such a service exists in other states, but can sometimes be helpful for a more details than what is on the general websites.. keep up the good work angus

    Great resource, but you forgot the SES. It seems some SES twitter feeds are more useful than others: @vicsesnews is pretty quiet, but @ACT_ESA is great and full of info.

    Missed a few for QLD:
    http://qldalert.com/ is the big one for Queensland, has all the major services and aggregates all the social media feeds, it is the ONE to have :)

    Are other good ones as well

    I tweeted this however the MFB page for Victoria is: https://www.facebook.com/Melbourne.MFB

    Sentinel Hotspots is the nationwide satellite imagery mapping available to emergency services, and everyone else.

    For VIC, check out this site: http://www.emergencyvic.info/

    Local ABC radio stations and their associated websites, blogs and twitter feeds are useful too.

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