If you’re going to share a map of the Australian bushfires, please make sure it’s correct


If you’ve been on social media in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen a map (or five) of Australia’s devastating bushfires.

Maps displaying alarming red flames dotted around Australia keep going viral. But while such images are certainly raising awareness, they can also be a source of confusion, and even misinformation.

Here are a few examples of the maps being shared, and things to watch out for.

The situation in Australia is bad enough without people passing along incorrect information. Most of the “fire maps” you’ve seen on social media in the past few days are, at the very least, misleading.