Two Colorado developers built an app to track the state's raging wildfires, using the power of crowdsourced social media to keep people connected in emergencies.
As their hometown burned, Robbie Trencheny and Scott Siebold created Waldo Canyon Fire Tracker to help fellow Colorado Springs residents stay informed about the fire's velocity. WaldoCanyonFires.com displays all #WaldoCanyonFire tweets and pictures of the nearly 20,000-acre blaze, continually updating the information so people can make evacuation plans in real-time.
Crowdsourced apps like Trencheny's Fire Tracker app and "Suspicious Reporting Activity" app are becoming more popular as emergency organizations realize their potential to gather real-time, on-the-ground information. Trencheny's creation fits into this bigger trend, and even local officials are embracing the creation, which may soon become standard in other Colorado towns.