Why our maps are better than others

Continuous Data

Our servers process data from over 100 sources around the clock, 365 days a year, to provide realtime wildfire and other relevant data for our maps.

Precision Mapping

To make our maps available to everyone for free, we use open source technology to map wildfires. We appreciate donations to help subsidize other costs.

Personalization

We created the ability for everyone to create an account. Having a member account allows you to save your map settings and following specific wildfires.

Current Wildfire Hotspots

Wildfires burn around the country all year long. See the current hotspots where fires are burning right now.

Fires are adapating, so are we!

Not only do our maps showcase wildfires around the country, we incorpoate numerous layers of other data relevant to the wildland fire community.

  • Terrain — ESRI's terrain basemap
  • Satellite — Google Map's hybrid satellite basemap
  • VIIRS-MODIS — NOAA's high-definition satellite basemap
  • CalTopo — CalTopo terrain basemap
  • Forest Service — USFS high-resolution terrain basemap
  • DeLorme — Garmin/DeLorme contour basemap
  • USGS — US Geological Survey terrain basemap
  • Open Street Map — OSM road basemap
  • FAA Sectional — FAA sectional map for pilots
  • New Fires — Show new fires within the last 12 hours
  • Active Fires — Show all fires older than 12 hours
  • CAL FIRE Fires — Show all CAL FIRE wildland fire incidents
  • Smoke Checks — Show current reports of smoke seen
  • Prescribed Burns — Show active prescribed burns
  • Fire Perimeters — Show perimeters of large wildfires (premium users only)
  • Lightning Strikes — Show lightning strikes in the last 1 hour
  • Lightning Strikes — Show lightning strikes in the last 24 hours (premium users only)
  • Significant Fire Potential — Show today's fire potential
  • Significant Fire Potential — Show tomorrow's fire potential (premium users only)
  • Satellite Fire Detection — Show satellite fire detections in the last 24 hours
  • Satellite Fire Detection — Show satellite fire detections in the last 48 hours (premium users only)
  • Dispatch Boundaries — Show fire dispatch boundaries and zones
  • Drought Conditions — Show current drought conditions (premium users only)
  • Fuel Types — Show fuel vegetation types
  • Wildfire Hazard Potential — Show fire suppression difficulty model (premium users only)
  • USFS Boundaries — Show USFS forest/wilderness boundaries (premium users only)
  • Federal Lands — Show federal land ownership
  • USFS Roads — Show USFS road network
  • Air Quality — Show current air quality ratings
  • Vertically Integrated Smoke — Show vertically integrated smoke forecast (premium users only)
  • Near Surface Smoke — Show near surface smoke forecast
  • Surface Visibility — Show surface visibility
  • Fire Lookouts — Show USFS and DOF fire lookouts
  • ALERT Wildfire Cams — Show ALERTWildfire cameras in the Western US
  • Wind Data — Show animated wind direction & speed
  • Weather Stations — Show automated weather observation stations
  • Watches/Warnings — Show current watches & warnings
  • NEXRAD Radar — Show live NEXRAD radar
  • Precipitation Type — Show current precipitation type radar data
  • Satellite Imagery — Show VISIBLE satellite imagery
  • Satellite Imagery — Show INFRARED satellite imagery
  • Satellite Imagery — Show WATER VAPOR satellite imagery

Licensing & APIs

We have built numerous algorithms to process various information—everything from wildfires to GIS features, cities, states, and more. We license some of this data through paid APIs to select businesses and organizations on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to learn more about accessing and using our APIs. In the future, we hope to make some of this data available to the public through free APIs.
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About our 501(c)(3) non-profit

The Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center's (FWAC) mission as a non-profit organization is to bring proprietary and user-friendly products, services, and information to the public—with an emphasis on the backcountry. Our core competency lies in wildfire data, information, and mapping services. We were founded in 2017 and was subsequently granted 501(c)(3), federal tax exemption status, from the IRS. Our wildfire map is the only one like it—reporting all wildfires regardless of size so you know what's burning near you. To learn more about FWAC, visit our about page.

We rely heavily on public donations for people like you to keep our services available to everyone for free. Our maps rely on high-end servers to maintain accuracy and real-time information. If you wish to donate, click the button below!


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