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About

This project is an effort to provide a simple yet usable map of the NSW RFS Current Fires and Incidents.

History / Motivation

The initial prototype of this was conceived, designed and built during the October 17th 2013 bushfires around Sydney.

I, like many other people, was keeping a close eye on the Current Fires and Incidents map on the RFS web site to gather vital information about where fires were so I could plan which areas to avoid.

I was frustrated by the tiny map offered on the RFS web site and the poor usability of the map component. Clicking each marker gave you a popup which filled the whole map window making it very hard to close again and pan around.

So I set off and quickly hacked together the basics to take the data from their map and place it on a full screen Leaflet powered map. Currently map.rfs.nsw.gov.au goes nowhere, so I built the website I expected to get by going to such address.

This is a very simple almost textbook use of Leaflet and I'm very pleased with how easy it actually was to get working.

Future

There are many potential avenues for further development. Including,

  • Popup on mouse hover
  • Subscribe to updates within an area
  • Stats/overview of current fires
  • Historical data display

License

All files within this repository are licensed by the author, Andrew Harveyandrew.harvey4@gmail.com as follows.

To the extent possible under law, the person who associated CC0
with this work has waived all copyright and related or neighboring
rights to this work.
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

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