I have been using the following pages to get details from the CFA without loading their server; these pages read the RSS feeds from the CFA.
- CFA 1 – Country Fire Authority – Victoria, Australia – Updates & Advice (5 min refresh)
- CFA 2 – Country Fire Authority – Victoria, Australia – Statewide Current Incident Summary (10 min refresh)
Some details about the @cfa_update twitter stream which has been so amazing:
Thankyou for visiting/following the @cfa_updates twitter feed.
Let me start off by saying this feed is NOT run by the Country Fire Authority (CFA). It is maintained by a volunteer “twitter”
The Incident Updates are automatically done with a combination of the CFA updates RSS Feed and
Twitterrifictwitterfeed, which converts the RSS to “Tweets”.
Twitterrifictwitterfeed, while a good solution during quieter periods, can only process 5 items from an RSS feed every 30 minutes. On Saturday 7th Feb, between 1450hrs and 1500hrs there were 31 incidents during that 10 minute period. I lost count how many during that half hour. This reinforced the limitations that Twitterrific has.
Twitterrifictwitterfeed can not process the Total Fire Ban or Incident Summary RSS feeds properly, so these are done manually.
If the CFA do set up a twitterfeed or take over this one, they can do away with the need for
Twitterrifictwitterfeed, and post their RSS directly to Twitter with a little bit of cronjob magic from their server. This would provide updates in realtime with no limitations to provide a more reliable feed with less human interaction.
Many thanks to all the Retweeters and #Hashtaggers of my posts, (You guys know who you are) this has meant even more people have access to the feeds than just those that are subscribed.
On the subject of retweets, those that are retweeting **incident summary** posts during the bushfires, please only RT ones relevant to the current crisis. The **incident summary** autofeed is not filtered and contains any incidents on private property in Victoria, not just the main fires