Inspiration

Currently, wildfires are a growing problem in the United States, and it's even worse around the world. Almost every week we hear about these wildfires getting out of control, and not only does it force people to leave their homes, but it also contributes to 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

What it does

Fire Watch allows users to determine their location's wildfire threat and air quality by entering their locations zip/postal code.

How we built it

The website is composed of three pages, one of which is running javascript. The script allows us to convert the user’s postal code or zip code, to longitude and latitude, and then compute wildfire information based on their location.

Challenges I ran into

Besides the short time frame, we ran into slight issues with implementing API integration, but after a few hours of trial and error, we managed to isolate the point of failure.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We really like how the visual aspect of the website turned out.

What I learned

This was the first hackathon for all of us, so it taught us how to effectively work as a team in a time constricted environment.

What's next for Fire Watch

In the future, Firewatch will be able to alarm users through their phones with live updates in case of unexpected emergencies.

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