Here’s what I’m looking at to get updates on where, exactly, wildfires are currently burning in Texas and how big they are.
The information for this map comes from the Texas Forest Service and uses Google Maps, so you can zoom in on your area. Wunderground offers a similar map, with estimated smoke plumes based on wind direction.
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For road conditions, the Texas Department of Transportation offers a “Highway Condition Reporting System” map, which shows closures and other problems on the state’s highways. Google maps also has a traffic feature that shows conditions and closures.
Other suggestions? Fire away. The Texas Extension Disaster Education Network offers more links, including a Google Earth feature that lets you download an up-to-date KML map file. Very nice.