Our information comes from a myriad of sources that are all publicly available. First and foremost we listen to live radio chatter between first responders, dispatch, etc. This is where a lot of real-time intelligence comes from. You will often see "per scanner traffic" in many of our updates which is referring to this type of information.
Just as important we are also watching for updates from local sheriffs, CALFIRE, USFS, etc via Nixle, Facebook, Twitter, and any other medium they are using. It is important to note that you should always subscribe to your local counties updates as well as Watch Duty. We do our best to consolidate all of this information in one place but you can never have enough information when it comes to disasters like wildfire.
We take the trust people put in us very seriously - we have a strict code of conduct that governs what kind of information we publish and how. Learn more about our code of conduct at watchduty.org/code-of-conduct
If you'd like to learn more about how we work, please visit https://www.watchduty.org/how-it-works/overview