New "Blaze Tracker" App Provides Safety Information to Mobile Devices

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New "Blaze Tracker" App Provides Safety Information to Mobile Devices

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A new wildfire app, launched by the American Red Cross, will help bring wildfire information to mobile devices.

In the midst of a major drought and wildfire season, the American Red Cross has released "Blaze Tracker." It gives users warnings, alerts and fire information for locations of their choice.

The app is available on smartphones and tablets, as well as lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in or is visiting wildfire prone areas.

The free app, available in English or Spanish, comes after the highly successful First Aid, Hurricane and Earthquake Apps, which have more than 1.2 million users.

The Wildfire App includes:
- "Blaze Warnings" which lets users see areas where NOAA has issued warnings that conditions are favorable for potential wildfires
- "Blaze Alerts" inform users when a wildfire has begun within 100 miles of any locations monitored
- "Blaze Path" provides users with a current view of existing wildfire's perimeter, how it has spread and the fire's current location when available...and many more features.

This year, the Red Cross launched 11 wildfire relief operations spanning 10 states, including one northwest Minnesota.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of October 4, wildfires have burned 8.8 million acres in the United States this year.

Posted to the web by Jenna Vogt