Satellite instruments detect fires using mid-infrared bands where fires typical emit strongly. Fire products may use data from polar orbiting instruments, geostationary instruments or a combination of both. The advantage of the polar orbiting instruments is their high resolution which allows them to detect smaller and/or less energetic fires than the geostationary instruments. The geostationary instruments have much higher temporal coverage and may observe many fires that the polar orbiting instruments will not see since the overpass is not coincident in time with the fire.
|Product Name/Link||Products Available||Coverage||Availability||Data Formats||Sensors Used|
|NOAA Hazard Mapping System||
Daily Fire and Smoke Analysis
24 hour product
Archived KML products for 6 months
|GIS, KML, imagery||MODIS GOES|
|Forest Service Active Fire Mapping Program||
Fire Radiative Power
Monthly Burn Scar
|U.S and Canada||
Fire Detections from 2001
Fire detection and fire radiative power from 2008
|MODIS GOES VIIRS AVHRR|
|WildFire Automated Biomass Burning Algorithm (WF Abba)||Fire Mask Imagery||Global||
Past 24 hours
Historical data upon request
Imagery, Animation loops
GOES East, West and South
|Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS)||
Interactive Fire Map
Active Fire Data
Interactive Map - November 2000 to present
Active map 24, 48, 72 hours
Historical data available on request
|NOAA Storm Prediction Center||Fire Weather Outlooks & Forecasts||U.S. Only||Historical forecasts June 2002 to present||Interactive Maps PDF|
- Fire and Smoke Product Overview - ppt, 10.68 MB: Overview presentation on sources for smoke and fire products.
- Fire Product Visualization Activity - doc, 56.5 kB: Activity to provide familiarity with fire and smoke products from NOAA, U.S. Forest Service and NASA.
- NOAA Smoke Products - doc, 1.62 MB: A detailed description of the NOAA smoke product for use with Google Earth.