Inspiration

Inspired by the topic of public safety, more precisely the recent wildfires that killed innocent people in California who were too late. The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California, with a total of 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres (766,439 ha), the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

What it does

Our website has a map that actively tracks wildfires in the United States using data from NASA. We include resources to help people before and during a fire. We also round the user's coordinates to include a 70 mile radius. We built an interface which can receive user input which would later translate into a program that can automatically alert someone if they are near a threatened area. We have a button that shows the alert. In addition, using geocoding, we can get the user's latitude and longitude.

How we built it

We used repl.it to make our website. We structured the webpages with HTML and made it aesthetically pleasing with CSS. But most of the actually functionality comes from JavaScript. We found a website that offered direct access to information about wildfires from NASA. We also used google maps and edited it to suit our purposes.

Challenges we ran into

We could not figure how to search or traverse the excel file to compare our locations with the location of the fires.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

As first time Hackathon competitors and coders, we were able to create a fully functional website with extra links and features. We are proud that we were able to get past basic HTML and include user interactions.

What we learned

We learned how to make a website, using new languages like JavaScript, and add in features like Google Maps. Additionally, we learned the concept of geocoding and debugging and were able to incorporate these into the process of making our website.

What's next for Project Ignite

We want to make it such that the code reads through the data in the Excel file and gives the user an alert based on latitude and longitude. We would also like to make a mobile app in the future.

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