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    Mark Verber
    BPL Member

    @verber

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    later this summer I am planning to do some extended trips. Given the last few years I have some concerns about the possibility of being surprised by fast moving fires. Last I looked Garmin’s weather alerts don’t include fire info. I have memories of someone doing a web service which subscribed to fire alerts which could be in a specific geographic area, and would send messages to an inReach. Alas, I lost the link.  Can anyone help me?

    #3754856
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska
    #3754864
    Mark Verber
    BPL Member

    @verber

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    thanks Philip.  that is a good backup  option.  what I remembered was server side… you provide an area and it would send a push notification if anything happened there.

    #3754866
    Ryan Jordan
    Admin

    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    I use trailinfo.org, works great.

    As long as you include decimal coordinates in the SMS body, i.e.,

    40.44416117100338, -106.81191912717713

    you’re in good shape.

    If your GPS app doesn’t allow you to determine decimal coordinates, download an app like Decimal Converter, maybe? I haven’t tried trailinfo with anything but decimal coordinates.

    I don’t think inReach allows push notifications anymore… (to minimize spam).

    #3754877
    Matthew / BPL
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    I just tested that^ last week and it worked great. I copy/pasted GPS coordinates from Caltopo into the InReach message and got a response right back to my InReach.

    #3754892
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    By the way, when reporting your location, it’s probably not necessary to go much beyond two decimal places. Two decimal places gives approximately 1 km accuracy. Eight decimal places is a little over a millimeter accuracy. Ryan’s example of 14 decimal places would be a sub-atomic distance.

    When getting weather messages through [email protected], it automatically truncates your location to the second decimal place no matter what you send it.

    #3754981
    BlackHatGuy
    Spectator

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    G aia has a ‘current fires’ overlay. From their website (with their disclaimer):

    Description
    An overlay mapping areas affected by currently burning fires throughout the U.S. and Canada. This layer is updated daily as new data is made available by the U.S. National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Province of British Columbia, Alberta Wildfire, and the Government of Saskatchewan. U.S. fires are considered “Extinguished” when no corresponding active fire is present in the U.S. NIFC Active Fires database, and accuracy is subject to data availability. Use this layer to plan reroutes, keep informed of likely trail closures, and stay safe during wildfire season.

    Warning
    This map source is updated daily as new data is made available by fire agencies, but many fire boundaries will be out of date or incorrect, and recent fires may not have been added yet. Use of this map layer for any purpose is at your own risk, and Trailbehind Inc is not responsible for any actions you take based on the information contained in any map.

    #3754982
    Adrian Griffin
    BPL Member

    @desolationman

    Locale: Sacramento

    Decimal degrees to 2 places is all that is needed to get a weather forecast. For most other purposes, 4 places is adequate and is about the limit of precision of smartphones. Here’s a spreadsheet I worked up for latitudes in my neck of the woods. Precision of a degree

    #3760016
    Mark Verber
    BPL Member

    @verber

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    There is a new service in beta which beside fire info does weather, snow depth, etc.  I saw the announcement on /r/ultralight, their website is   https://awareoutdoors.com

    #3761371
    Thomas G
    BPL Member

    @tomgattiker

    I checked out that Gaia feature in early Sep.  It did not show the fires in my area (central Idaho).  There were at least 10 of them going at the time (per inciweb).  So I’d be leery of it.

    #3761372
    Thomas G
    BPL Member

    @tomgattiker

    Here’s what we have done:  Go to inciweb.  Look at the contact info for fires that are relevant to your itinerary.  Chances are the number is for the fire info officer or general info officer for the national forest where the fire exists.  And chances are the number is s cell phone that can receive texts.  Call the number and ask the person if you can text them via inreach for updates when you are in the field.  My experience is that these folks are awesome and very responsive.  (They all say yes) That’s in the forests where I generally recreate (Payette, Salmon Chalis, Nez Perce Clearwater) here in Idaho.

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