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Interactive Wildfire Map Shows Outbreaks in Real-Time

By Climate Central

As the temperature warms and large parts of the U.S. become drier, wildfires are becoming more common and widespread — a trend likely to worsen thanks to climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions.

Now you can monitor wildfires that are currently burning with Climate Central’s new interactive wildfires map. The flame icons represent wildfires currently active in the lower 48 states and Alaska. You can hover over a given fire to see its name, and if you zoom in you’ll be able to see the outline of the area that’s burning — the so-called fire perimeter. If you click within the perimeter, a window pops up showing the fire’s size in acres, the amount by which the perimeter has grown or shrunk over the past 24 hours, the fraction of the fire that has been contained and other data. There’s also a link to an even more detailed report.

The interactive is based on data from the Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group; the information is updated once a day from reports by fire managers on the scene, satellite imagery and GPS data, among other sources.

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By Anthony (Tony) DeLucia (Johnson City, TN 37614-0575)
on September 18th, 2012

Thanks for this.  Very useful and hope sees some utility by our members (Am. Publ Health Assoc.).  This year we are in SF for national meeting, 2 years ago were in Denver.  Climate is more and more one of our top issues/concerns.

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By Kevin (Boulder/CO/80304)
on September 18th, 2012

I’m confused ... where does this map live, other than on this blog post? You didn’t provide a link (or I missed it).

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By John Bonitz (Pittsboro, NC 27312)
on September 20th, 2012

Nice map.  Now we need to present the same data in time series.  If we could see the incidence of fires over time, since 1970, that would be helpful.  Humans (especially innumerate policymakers) grasp visual data better than numbers, and moving data better than static.  Thanks for all the hard work that went into this important study and reporting!

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