There are at the moment a number of fires raging throughout Southern California, one in every of which pressured the notoriously clogged 405 Freeway in Los Angeles to close down.
Massive fires power folks to seek out new routes — together with folks utilizing apps like Waze and Google Maps.
The issue? These apps search for roads with out many automobiles on them, and attempt to route you there. Which is nice while you’re making an attempt to keep away from run-of-the-mill site visitors. However not when the roads are clear as a result of of close by fires.
“The Los Angeles Police Division requested drivers to keep away from navigation apps, that are steering customers onto extra open routes — on this case, streets within the neighborhoods which might be on fireplace,” the Los Angeles Occasions reported.
The Bel-Air fireplace on the westside of LA destroyed not less than 15 properties by mid-afternoon on Wednesday, in keeping with the Occasions.
“The Los Angeles Police Division requested drivers to keep away from navigation apps, that are steering customers onto extra open routes — on this case, streets within the neighborhoods which might be on fireplace.” https://t.co/I3sICDIF4A
— Joel Rubin (@joelrubin) December 7, 2017
Mashable reached out to Google, which additionally owns Waze, for remark, and can replace when the corporate replies. The LAPD didn’t particularly point out these two apps in its warning, however they’re extraordinarily fashionable — each are at the moment within the prime 40 most downloaded apps within the App Retailer.
Issues are solely getting worse for Los Angeles residents. On Wednesday, Angelenos obtained a textual content warning that sturdy winds in a single day had been creating “excessive fireplace hazard.”