Waze, Google Maps Send California Residents Straight Into Wildfires

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California residents looking to avoid routes that were full of hazards from the wildfires burning across the southern region of the state were getting directions that accomplished the opposite of that this week. As fires burned and spread rapidly due to the Santa Ana winds, dry brush, and lack of rain, navigation apps struggled to keep up with which roads were safe to use and which weren’t during the evacuation process.