Alberta’s river forecasting info in the palm of your hand? There’s an app for that.

At last month’s flood mitigation symposium in Calgary, we announced a new river information tool that made quite the splash. It’s our Alberta Rivers app – download it for Android here,or check out its features:

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Get the most current advisory info in real time

The app’s main screen will give you a map of the province, broken into its major river basins. Any advisories in effect will be shown on the map itself, as well as at the bottom of the screen.

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You’ll also be able to see the Forecaster’s Comments, which give some insight into how we’re interpreting the current data. And because the app will be updated several times every hour, you’ll know that you always have the most recent information available.

Get notifications sent directly to your homescreen

Want updates without having the app open 24/7? No problem. The app will automatically send ‘push’ notifications for advisories and forecaster comments directly to your phone’s homescreen.

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View river forecast data from anywhere in the province

If you’re interested in the data behind our advisories, we’ve got you covered. You can use the app to view the major types of data that influence river forecasting: snow, rainfall, and water levels. Specifically, you can:

  • View only one of these types of data at a time, a combination, or all three together;
  • Choose between viewing data for the whole province and zooming in on a particular station;
  • View the most current data for that station – or compare it with graphs showing weekly and yearly measurements; and
  • Add stations to your ‘MyStations’ favourites list, so you can access  as soon as the app is launched, without wading through other data

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Get it free for Android – Apple coming soon

Sound good? The app is available as a free download for Android – get it here. An iOS version for iPhone and iPad is on its way – it will be available in June.

The free Alberta Wildfire app is now available for Android

We’re just one week into the 2014 season – which means there’s still lots of time to get informed and prepared. Downloading the Alberta Wildfire app is a great way to stay updated about wildfires in your area.

In fact, it’s so great that it’s our mission to make it accessible for as many people as possible. And that’s why we’re so happy to announce the release of a version for Android users, available in the Play store.

Just like the Apple version, this free app provides on-the-go updates about wildfires burning in Alberta’s forests. Just some of the cool features:

  • A bright and easy-to-navigate map pinpoints wildfire locations, size and status.
  • A built-in GPS locator allows you to see what wildfires are closet to you – no matter where in the province you are.
  • Spot a wildfire? With one quick tap, you can report it right from the app, toll free, 24/7.

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Don’t forget – if you don’t have a Smartphone (or don’t have it with you), you can also check the status of your area on our Wildfire Status map.

Don’t forget to check https://albertafirebans.ca/ for fire bans before you head out this summer. And check out @ABGovWildfire  and The Alberta Wildfire Info Facebook page to learn more about wildfires and firefighting.

Wildfire App brings info to your fingertips

Alberta’s wildfire information has gone mobile!

Now available in the iTunes store, the free Alberta Wildfire app provides on-the-go updates about wildfires burning in Alberta’s forests.

The bright and simple map pinpoints wildfire locations, size and status. The app’s built-in GPS locator allows users to see their proximity to nearby wildfires, no matter where in the province they are.

Spot a wildfire? With one quick tap, you can report it right from the app.

Users can also get the latest fire ban information on AlbertaFireBans.ca, link to the Alberta Wildfire Info Facebook and Twitter pages, and learn more about wildfires and firefighting.

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While the app is currently only available for Apple products, an Android version is in development for release later this spring.

Wildfire information, including updates on all 10 wildfire management areas, is also available online and via email subscription.