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
- Modis 1km
- (direct link to the file, which may break over time)
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 follow @EmergMgtRDOS on Twitter to get the most recent updates.