Global Daily Active Fire Productsand Interactive Fire Maps

Global Daily MODIS Fire Products
The MODIS Land Rapid Response system has been developed to provide rapid access to MODIS data globally. For detailed background information on the MODIS instrument see:

The system allows a quick real-time search for daily land and fire observation products.Several examples provide an introduction for navigating on the MODIS Land Rapid Response website:

The following alternative web page contains a number of image subsets that are automatically generated in near-real-time:

A forecast schedule of MODIS global Terra and Aqua Orbit Tracks is provided at:


MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products
As part of the redesign, the MODIS Fire Team in December 2009 improved the user-friendliness of access of the MCD45A1 Global Burned Area data. The homepage allows now FTP retrieval of the first Global Burned Area product available from 2000 onwards in GeoTIFF and HDF format. The two available formats are geared to meeting the wide-ranging needs of the diverse user community in science and fire management applications. The GeoTIFFs, loadable into a GIS, are reprojected in Plate-Carrée projection and cover a set of sub-continental windows to reduce file size. The entire MODIS Burned Area Product is comprehensively described the new version of the user guide, also accessible from the website.


MODIS Interactive Rapid Response Web Fire Maps
The University of Maryland, Department of Geography (U.S.A.), provides access to archived and current fire locations on GIS-based interactive maps on its The Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) website. Web fire maps can be retrieved for Brazil, Central and Southern, Africa , Continental U.S., Southeast Asia and at global level.


EOSDIS Active Fire Data
MODIS active fire data for the last 24, 48 hours and 7 days


Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS)
GFIMS integrates remote sensing and GIS technologies to deliver MODIS hotspot/fire locations to natural resource managers and other stakeholders around the World. GFIMS is a monitoring system hosted at the Department of Natural Resources (NRD) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This product derives from the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) developed at the University of Maryland on NASA funds.


Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)

The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor was launched aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite on 28 October 2011. More information about the sensor including active fires data downloading can be found from the below websites.



Other Near-Real Time Global Satellite Imagery


Advanced Fire Monitoring System (AFIS)

The Advanced Fire Monitoring System (AFIS) app is now available (September 2013):

AFIS is a satellite-based fire information tool that provides near real-time fire information to users across the globe. The AFIS app integrates the various AFIS services in a fully-featured, easy-to-use mobile application. AFIS currently provides information for the following regions:

  • Fire history and statistics: Global
  • Vegetation curing: United States, Africa, Australia
  • Fire danger forecast: Southern Africa (5 days), United States (3 days)
  • Active fires: Southern Africa, United States and Europe



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