The Active Fire Mapping Program is a satellite-based, fire detection and monitoring program managed by the USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Active Fire Mapping program provides near real-time detection and characterization of wildland fire conditions for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada.
USDA Forest Service – Active Fire Mapping Program Website
Definitions of Active Fire Map Terms
|Large Incident:||A wildfire of 100 acres or more occurring in timber, or a wildfire of 300 acres or more occurring in grass/sage.|
|Wildland Fire:||Any nonstructure fire, other than prescribed fire, that occurs in the wildland.|
|Wildland Fire – IMT1:||Wildland fire; Type 1 Incident Management Team Assigned.|
|Wildland Fire – IMT2:||Wildland fire; Type 2 Incident Management Team Assigned.|
|Wildland Fire – Other:||Wildland fire; Other Incident Management Team Assigned besides a Type 1 or Type 2 team (e.g. Type 3).|
USDA Forest Service: InciWeb – Wildfire Reporting
InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident web information management system provided by the United States Forest Service released in 2004. It was originally developed for wildland fire emergencies, but can be also used for other emergency incidents (natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes).
Latest Updates From InciWeb
More Forest Fire Resources
- AirNow – Fires: Current Conditions
- Wildfire Smoke, A Guide for Public Health Officials, 2016 (76 pp., 1.5MB, about PDF)
- Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program – Interagency program to assess, communicate, and address risks posed by wildland fire smoke.
- NOAA Smoke Forecast Tool – Maps of surface and vertical smoke can be found under “Additional Air Quality Forecast Guidance.”
- NOAA’s Fire Weather Outlook – This tool maps fire watches and warnings.
- GEOMAC Wildland Fire Support – Access maps of current fire locations using this tool from the Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group (GEOMAC).
- MODIS Active Fire Mapping – This site from the USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) maps active fires.