Where are the fires and how big are they?

Mark Woods at the RDOS put me onto an amazing tool for Google Earth.  It uses near real-time satellite sensing from the US government to show where current wildfires are.

To use it you need (updated for Summer 2017):

When you get to the FIRMS page, scroll down to "KML" and select the following for download

 

Here is a close-up of the Testalinden/Testalinda fire in Oliver as of the morning of 21 August, 2015. Click for a larger image

Note: For evacuation and other information go to the RDOS website and look for the link to EOC ("Emergency Operations Center").  It will contain the most up-to-date information from the RDOS.  For example, it currently has an interactive map of the Oliver evacuation zones.

You can also to get the most recent updates.

Issues: 

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You may have noticed the large fires to the south in the first map. From https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2015/aug/21/okanogan-complex-fires-e...

Keith MacIntyre of Big Bear Software in Penticton has hacked up his own interactive map of BC fires.  This is how "open data" is supposed to work.

Or this map.

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