GFMC: Forest Fires in the United States


Forest Fires in the United States


Latest satellite image: 

Firesburning in Florida and in Cuba.

Satellite Aqua, 18.03.2004.

(Image courtesy MODISRapid Response Team, NASA-GSFC)

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) based in Boise (Idaho) provides key information on current wildland fire situations, related information and background materials. The following information is updated daily and can be accessed directly:

  • State-by-State daily and year-to-date summary of fire activities
    http://www.nifc.gov/fireinfo/nfn.html

  • National Fire Statistics
    http://www.nifc.gov/stats/index.html

  • Daily locations of large fires (map)
    http://firemapper.sc.egov.usda.gov/modisrr/lg_fire2.php

The National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC)  provides daily situation reports. These reports include:

  • Incident Management Situation Reports (fires and area burned reported to NICC). The files include current, previous and archived reports

  • Prescribed Fire and Wildland Fire Use (year-to-date fires and area burned reported to NICC, posted weekly on Monday mornings)
    http://www.nifc.gov/news/RXWFUYTD.htm

Archived NICC Incident Management Reports (recent daily reports and archived daily reports 1994-1997) are provided by the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI)

More current Information about the fire situation inUnited States from 18 September 2003, See: The National Incident Management Situation Report by NICC

The National Wildfire Information Interagency provides detailed informationon each individual state with active fires.


Fire Weather & Fire Danger Information

The Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) is a contribution of “The Fire Behavior Research Work Unit”, Missoula (Montana USA). The broad area component of the Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) generates maps of selected fire weather and fire danger components.

NASA´SEarth Observatory: For more Satellite Images displaying recent fires in the US, please visit:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?topic=fire. EarthObservatory provides MODIS and Landsat Scenes of fires allover the planet.

For more information on the recent fire situation in the US see also: Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics.

Long-range weather forecasts
National Weather Service
Long-range, 30-day weather forecasts are predicting above-normal temperatures for the southern tier of states from southern California to Florida and throughout the Midwest (see 30 and 90-day forecast maps):
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/boise/firewx/outlook.shtml

For further information see: Wildfire Season Forecast of the Florida Division of Forestry
For further information you may also see to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

For background information on the Southern Area see the Edited Version of the Southern Area Intelligence Briefing Paper for 22 April 2001.


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