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 Basemap — ESRI's terrain
  • Satellite Basemap — Google's hybrid satellite
  • MODIS Basemap — NASA's high-resolution satellite (premium users only)
  • DeLorme Basemap — Garmin's DeLorme maps (premium users only)
  • CalTopo Basemap — CalTopo's USFS terrain maps (premium users only)
  • Open Street Map Basemap
  • New Wildfires — reported in last 18 hours
  • Active Wildfires — all fires older than 18 hours
  • Smoke Checks — smoke repots, not actual fires
  • Prescribed Burns — planned RX burns
  • Fire Perimeters — perimeters for large fires
  • Significant Fire Potential — today's potential for fires
  • Significant Fire Potential — tomorrow's potential for fires
  • Lightning Strikes — strikes in the last hour
  • Lightning Strikes — strikes in the last 24 hours
  • Satellite Fire Detection — satellite detection of fires in last 24 hours
  • Satellite Fire Detection — satellite detection of fires in last 48 hours
  • Dispatch Boundaries — interagency dispatch center boundary zones
  • Fuel Types — types of vegetation and fuels (premium users only)
  • Wildfire Hazard Potential — model of difficulty for fire supression
  • USFS Boundaries — forest and wilderness boundaries and trails (premium users only)
  • Air Quality — current air quality from remote sensors
  • Weather Watches/Warnings — watches & warnings from the National Weather Service
  • NEXRAD Radar — most recent radar imagery
  • Visible Satellite — NOAA visible satellite imagery
  • Water Vapor Satellite — NOAA water vapor satellite imagery
  • Infrared Satellite — NOAA infrared 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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