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Nearly every wildfire fatality occurs within the first hour yet official notifications are often delayed, sparse, or non-existent. Watch Duty, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, alerts you of nearby wildfires and firefighting efforts in real-time, when every second counts.
Our service is powered by real people – active and retired firefighters, dispatchers, and first responders – who diligently monitor radio scanners and collaborate around the clock to bring you up-to-the-minute life saving information.
In short order with no funding we have grown to 500,000 active users in California and are utilized in every Red Cross and Office of Emergency Services, garnering the attention of Wired, The Guardian, and Popular Science. Now we have assembled a full-time team to support our 60+ volunteer operation to expand throughout the entire American West.
Watch Duty, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, alerts you of nearby wildfires and firefighting efforts in real-time.
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Watch Duty, launched last year, sends users push notifications about new and spreading fire, giving them vital time to prepare
Watch Duty is already a lifeline for the state’s residents. Its reach could soon extend to more disasters and regions.
An inside look at Watch Duty, a website called The Lookout, and a citizen-led quest for better information about fire dangers.
"We’re not here telling anybody to evacuate. We’re the ones who are letting you know more information in real-time to make informed decisions," Watch Duty co-founder and CEO John Clarke Mills says.
When the Walbridge fire ripped through northwest Sonoma County last year, Mills’ home was threatened, and he spent hours each day checking for updates on Facebook and Twitter, which were exploding with messages from concerned homeowners just like himself.
Time is of the essence in almost every emergency situation, especially when it comes to wildfires. A wind-driven fire can roar across a fuel-rich landscape like a freight train, except one that can turn on a dime or jump a mile-wide gap in a matter of seconds.
As we move further into fire season, a new resource is aiming to keep Californians on top of wildfire risks and response.
Watch Duty, a wildfire alert app run by active and retired firefighters and first responders, is expanding its coverage to Oregon next week.
The Watch Duty wildfire app will become available to users in several Western states, including Washington, Idaho and Oregon, beginning May 2.
A fire reporting app that allows users to report and monitor new and spreading fires in real time made its debut in Oregon and across the western U.S. Tuesday.
The app is called Watch Duty and it was launched two years ago in California after the CEO and co-founder, John Mills, nearly lost his home from wildfires in 2020.
A California nonprofit company has introduced an app that allows people to monitor wildfires in their area.
Nearly every wildfire fatality occurs within the first hour, yet official notifications are often delayed, sparse, or non-existent. Watch Duty, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, alerts you of nearby wildfires and firefighting efforts in real time when every second counts.
The Inland Northwest is quickly heading into fire season, and this year residents will have a new tool to help them track wildfires.
I use the Watch Duty app all the time to keep track of conditions wherever my son lands as a wildland firefighter. And then we had a fire in the eucalyptus forest just down the road from us. Watch Duty provided quick, comprehensive coverage during a very scary event. Thanks!
“Having Watch Duty has reduced my stress level greatly. Just seeing how fast the firefighters jump on the wildfires and get them Forward Progress Stopped is very reassuring.”
“You guys are the best! You are my go-to first before CalFire or Yubanet. Thanks so much!”
“As a cofounder of a firewise community, ... I get the most up-to-date and fastest information from Watch Duty and I find the updating to be very timely and accurate. I feel like I know almost immediately when there is a fire and that is a HUGE relief to me. ”