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  • 10/22/2014
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FireWhat, Inc., parent company of Wildlandfire.com has released the next generation of mobile fire mapping technology on October 22nd. Access real-time fire maps and fire incident information, such as a fire’s size, location and spread path, current weather and more using Wildlandfire.com’s new iOS app “Wildland Fire Map”. The mobile app will be available for free starting October 22nd from the iTunes App Store.

In the fall of 2011, FireWhat created the “Wildfire Pro” iOS App for use by fire-fighters, to accurately map wildfires across the nation and provide the most up-to-date fire information available. Since the release of Wildfire Pro, FireWhat has partnered with Esri, makers of ArcGIS, and is currently in development on several wildland fire tools and apps for public and private sectors.

“Wildland Fire Map” is the first FireWhat app to use ArcGIS mapping technology, taking the rich wildfire data from wildlandfire.com and presenting it in an easy-to-use map. The app also features MODIS Hotspot Detection from the NASA GOES WEST R Satellite, active fire perimeter mapping, and custom overlays including Severe Weather Warnings and NEXRAD Radar. This app is aimed at anyone requiring more information about wildland fire incidents as they occur.

“Our company was founded to help the fire-fighting industry stay informed and safe while in the field,” says Sam Lanier, CEO and co-founder of FireWhat, Inc. “But, as this summer of drought and rampant wildfires in California has demonstrated, everyone living in a fire-prone region also has a need for wildfire information. Now, anyone with an iPhone can access real-time fire information anytime they need it. We are thrilled to release this app as the first in a suite of tools we’ll be rolling out over the next year.”

In addition to their app launch, recently launched is their store, which features a wide variety of firefighter products from numerous suppliers. Combined with the site’s other unique offerings, Wildlandfire.com (WLF) is now the leading one-stop source of products and information for firefighters nationwide, including real-time fire incident data, fire industry news, job postings and more.

Wildlandfire.com was created in 1996 as an information sharing platform for firefighters. The site has since built a following of over 1.2 million annual visitors, most of which are professional wildland fire fighters. This week’s e-store launch completes the site’s re-vamp, which was started in the spring of 2013 after FireWhat, Inc. purchased the site from the original owners.

According to Sam Lanier, co-founder of FireWhat, Inc. and retired fire fighter, “Wildlandfire.com is our way of serving the men and women who work in the field to protect their communities every day. The e-store is our final major site renovation, and we hope that folks in the field benefit from the site’s many offerings.”

Beyond the newly launched e-store, the site features real-time fire data using the U.S. Wildland Fires Map found on the homepage. This map is populated with real-time fire perimeter, weather and incident information using data layers that the user can adjust for their own needs. The site also includes:

  •     HotList, forum used to share detailed incident information from the field as it occurs.
  •     Fire Maps page linking to multiple maps from agencies such as NOAA, USDA and NASA
  •     Firefighter jobs postings and employment information
  •     News page featuring national fire related news reports
  •     TheySaid news page where site users can post their own news
  •     FamilySaid page for use by families of firefighters
  •     Wildfire Photo Gallery
  •     Links Page for multiple layers of external information

Users can now access all content and items are available immediately for shipping. Click here to go to the store.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store or visit http://www.wildlandfire.com/app/ for more information.

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5 Comments
  1. Guns n hoses
    October 27, 2014 Reply

    First this is an awesome tool that has been developed. I am assuming it works without cell service and if not it would be a good thig to figure out.

    Second: is the development of this tool part of the reason that Theysaid has been so inactive or updated so infrequently?

    1. October 27, 2014 Reply

      We honestly have not received many submissions.

      We’re happy to hear you like the new app. If you load in the area you want to look at, it should cache the basemap for offline usage. If were to make this completely an offline map you’d have to download the entire basemap would would take up almost all your phone space, so we didn’t see that as an option.

      1. Guns n hoses
        October 27, 2014 Reply

        That is fantastic to hear about the app. It seems like it will be a very good tool if people prepare for the use prior to leaving service area. It would be nice if the IMTs utilize it in their toolbox and keep things updated for the boots on the ground to obtain and bring back real time info.

        As for lacking submissions, I am unsure why that would be. I am sure that you know that this used to be very active with many submissions. Wonder if folks got busy or just are lacking things to say and info to pass on.

        Thanks for keeping this alove.

  2. Dave Short
    November 6, 2014 Reply

    Will the new app be available for Android users?

    1. November 6, 2014 Reply

      Yes, because WLF users are mostly iOS users, we wanted to push that out to them first, then Android falls next in line.

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