Google maps Australia's bushfires to help emergency services

The death toll from wildfires in Victoria State, Southern Australia has reached at least 108, the worst in the country's history. Entire towns in Victoria state were destroyed as fires were fanned by extreme temperatures and wind. Thousands of firefighters, aided by the army, are battling the bush fires.

Timely help comes from the Google's Australian engineers who have created a Flash map to keep track of the deadly bushfires and help take off the traffic load to web sites coordinating emergency services. The maps contain real-time information about the fire locations and their status from the State of Victoria's Country Fire Authority (CFA) website via an RSS feed with address search functionality. The numbers on the map markers indicate the number of fires at that location and the colors represent the containment status of that site.

The Flash map is also available as a Google Gadget and If you want to embed the gadget containing this map on your website, you can do so by clicking here

Neowin offers its deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy and thanks to Google for coming up with this Flash map so that the people are updated constantly regarding these bushfires

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