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SENTINEL Disclaimer Agreement

Please note the limitations of the Sentinel Hotspots mapping system:

  1. Under ideal conditions, the hotspots shown will have been detected 1-24 hours ago, depending on regional information received from the last satellite overpass.
  2. The hotspot location on any map (no matter how detailed) is only accurate to at best 1.5 km.
  3. The symbol used for the hotspot on the maps does not indicate the size of the fire.
  4. Not all hotspots are detected by the satellites. Some heat sources may be too small, not hot enough, or obscured by thick smoke or cloud.
  5. The satellites detect any heat source that is hotter than normal. As well as fires these may include industrial operations such as furnaces.

Important Disclaimer

The Commonwealth and other copyright holders advise that the information available from this website is to be used as a management tool only. The information is able to indicate relative temperature differences or "hotspots", but is not intended to be able to indicate the cause of or identify the nature of such "hotspots".

The user needs to be aware that information on this website is dependent on the availability and functioning of satellites. The quality and geo-positional accuracy of the information cannot be guaranteed. Information may therefore be outdated, inaccurate or incomplete at the time of using this website due to circumstances such as unavailability of or delay in data supply from satellites, inability to obtain precise data caused by the inherent spatial inaccuracies of satellite sensors or inability to obtain complete data due to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of over-flight.

No reliance or actions must therefore be made on this information without seeking prior professional, scientific and technical advice to determine the identity and actual cause of the "hotspot" and without carrying out on the ground surveillance and investigations.

To the extent permitted by law, the Commonwealth and other copyright holders (including their employees and consultants) exclude all liability to any person for any consequences, including but not limited to all losses, damages, costs, expenses and any other compensation, arising directly or indirectly from using this website (in part or in whole) and any information or material contained in it. any consequences, including but not limited to all losses, damages, costs, expenses and any other compensation, arising directly or indirectly from using this website (in part or in whole) and any information or material contained in it.

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