Wildfire FAQs


What is Wildfire?

Wildfire is is the front page of the 5 miles around you. It’s a hyperlocal news app where users post about major events (from safety to a celebrity sighting) to notify the people right around them instantly.

How did this start?

Hriday, one of the founders of Wildfire, had the idea for Wildfire after he was nearly mugged outside a library on UC Berkeley’s campus in 2015. He made a Facebook post to warn students, which got hundreds of views, but quickly realized that Berkeley has thousands of students who either weren’t friends with me on social media or scrolling through their newsfeed at that moment. We built Wildfire as a much more effective way to communicate with the people right around you in real-time.

How much does it cost?

100% free :)

Why is it called Wildfire?

Because everytime we send out a notification it spreads like… 🔥

Who built Wildfire?

We are a team of recent UC Berkeley grads based in California.

The App

How do I sign up?

You can sign up for Wildfire on the app store here.

How does it work?

Wildfire keeps you in the know on what’s happening around you, like:

Where does content come from?

People in your community who are Wildfire users post content. In some communities we have local newspaper and law officials using Wildfire to share information with their community? Are you a journalist or law official interested in using Wildfire? Email us at support@getwildfire.com with the name of your publication and or office and city.

How does Wildfire verify content?

We have a 24/7 moderation team that works around the clock to verify content posted on Wildfire. Our goal is to build safer, more informed communities focused on spreading useful, factual, and timely information. If we cannot confirm a post we follow current journalism practices, marking it as “reported” or “unconfirmed” when we sending it out as a push notification.

Is Wildfire meant to replace 911?

No. Please keep in mind that Wildfire is not a replacement for calling 9–1–1. If you are in or witness an emergency situation, we ask you to call 9–1–1 first before posting to Wildfire.

What if I see a bad actor on Wildfire?

We have a zero tolerance for bullying, threats, and purposely posting false information. We take extrodinary steps to keep our community safe and will ban bad actors. Email us at support@getwildfire.com if you see something that goes against our community guidelines. We also empower users to help moderate the community, report a post if you believe it is innappropriate and does not belong on Wildfire.


How do I get Wildfire at my school?

Email us at support@getwildfire.com with the name of the school and city.

I’m not in college — when can I use Wildfire?

We are currently focused on launching Wildfire at colleges but plan on expanding to cities soon. Can’t wait 😅? Email us at support@getwildfire.com and let us know which city you want us to bring Wildfire to!


Am I actually being tagged in posts?

We guarantee that every single post you're tagged in is by someone on your campus.

Does tapping a name send them to the app?

If a friend of yours doesn't have the app they will receive an email saying that they've been tagged in the app. (This is also explained in the app when a user tags friends in posts).

I don't want to receive invitations to Wildfire.

Wildfire only sends email if a user deliberately taps TAG on your name.

It works just like the invitation button that you might find on Dropbox, LinkedIn or Facebook. The sender's name is always included on the invitation itself so you know who it came from.

The best way to stop emails is to ask the sender to stop inviting you to apps in the future. Alternatively, you can always unsubscribe to any email and they will no longer be sent to that address.