Numerous federal agencies are members of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which publishes the popular InciWeb map. This map shows fire incidents across the USA at a glance, and clicking an individual fire incident opens a page with more details about the fire to learn more about its status.
California is home to many wildfires each year, and the Cal Fire map highlights current fire incidents in California. Use this map to find a fire near you and get important information including evacuation zone maps, affected areas, closures, and damages.
This air quality map from PurpleAir shows the air quality readings from the sensors that “citizen scientists” have purchased from PurpleAir to monitor the air around their home. Find a monitor near you and view how the air quality changed during the past week, or adjust the map to show average air quality during the past 10-60 minutes, 6-24 hours, or 1 week.
View current air quality readings across a network of EPA monitors. In addition to the air quality monitors, the map shows the location of current fires burning and the extent of smoke plumes from these fires.
The Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center’s map includes a wealth of fire and fire-related data layers to view on the map. See fires, lightning strikes, radar, weather stations, air quality sensors, and more all in one place.
The Fire Information for Resource Management System US/Canada (FIRMS) map shows hotspots based on recent and historical satellite heat-sensing data. There may be some false hotspots due to readings of drifting hot smoke clouds, but all areas of active fire itself will appear.
NASA Earth Observatory is continually monitoring the earth with satellites. Watch 20 years of fire observations in this time-series map to see the seasonality of fire observations around the world.
WILDFIRE IS COMING
From the perspective of a Volunteer Firefighter.
My experience on the Slink Fire is something I will never forget. Being my first assignment, it was amazing to see with my own eyes how these massive fire operations are run. As a crew of four firefighters, we are such a small cog in this massive machine, with so many small moving parts, each just trying to make a slight disruption to the progress of the fire. But add all the cogs together, and I saw first-hand that we can make a difference.
I am very grateful for the support of my friends, family, and colleagues, who made it possible for me to respond to this call for aid. Also, a huge thank you to Maps.com and John Glanville, whose commitment to doing good work in the world inspires me to live up to those values in and out of work. Thank you.