Global Fire Information Management System

Applications and Maps

Western Hemisphere
The Experimental Wildfire ABBA Fire Product

The experimental Wildfire Automated Biomass Burning Algorithm (WFABBA) is currently generating half-hourly fire data for the Western Hemisphere. The geostationary NOAA weather satellite GOES-12 provides coverage for North and South America while GOES-11 covers North America only. The WFABBA is an extension of the ABBA.

North America
USFS-Missoula Fire Sciences Lab

The Fire Sciences Lab (FiSL), an arm of the Rocky Mountain Research Station located in Missoula, MT, is home to the Fire Behavior Project, Fire Chemistry Project, Fire Ecology/Fuels Project and LANDFIRE.

National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)

Cooperating Agencies at NIFC are Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Aircraft Services (OAS), National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the US Fire Administration (USFA).

USFS Remote Sensing Application Center (RSAC)

The Forest Service's Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) is in Salt Lake City, Utah, co-located with the agency's Geospatial Service and Technology Center. Guided by national steering committees and field sponsors, RSAC provides national assistance to agency field units in applying the most advanced geospatial technology toward improved monitoring and mapping of natural resources. RSAC's principal goal is to develop and implement less costly ways for the Forest Service to obtain needed forest resource information.

GEOMAC Wildland Fire Support- Geospatial Multi Agency Coordination

The Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group or GeoMAC, is an internet-based mapping application originally designed for fire managers to access online maps of current fire locations and perimeters in the conterminous 48 States and Alaska. Using a standard web browser, fire personnel can view this information to pinpoint the affected areas. With the growing concern of western wildland fires in the summer of 2000, this application has also become available to the public.

NOAA Satellite and Information Service: Satellite Services Division Fire Products

The Satellite Services Division serves as the primary interface with the user community of environmental satellite data and products. The Division provides, analyses, blended products from polar orbiting and geostationary satellites, and interpretive services. These satellite products are distributed to a diverse user community for a broad range of environmental applications. The Division maintains an operational satellite data distribution network providing user access to real-time or near real-time environmental data and information. A quality assurance program is used to systematically evaluate and manage the satellite products and services, and to ensure continuous product improvement. Working with other organizations within NESDIS and NOAA, new products are tested, evaluated, and implemented when deemed operationally useful. In partnership with other agencies, the Division evaluates and deploys new technologies to satisfy emerging requirements.

Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System creates daily fire weather and fire behavior maps year-round and hot spot maps throughout the forest fire season, generally between May and September.

Central and South America
SERVIR: Mesoamerican Regional Visualization and Monitoring System

Your "One Stop Shop" for Regional Data, Dynamic Maps, Decision Support, and Interactive Visualizations for Central America.

CONABIO: Comisión nacional para el conocimiento y uso de la biodiversidad- Monitoreo de puntos de calor (Indendios).

In response to damaging forest fires in 1998 in Mexico, CONABIO established a program to detect hot spots using remote sensing techniques in Central America using NOAA-AVHRR and MODIS data.

INPE: Instituto Nacional De Pesquisas Espaciais - Queimadas

Part of the Ministry of Science and Technology (Ministro da Ciência e Tecnologia) of Brazil, INPE (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais), the National Institute for Space Research, provides fire data from the MODIS, AVHRR and GOES.


Sentinel is a national bushfire monitoring system that provides timely information about hotspots to emergency service managers across Australia. Using MODIS data the mapping system allows users to identify fire locations with a potential risk to communities and property.

Landgate Firewatch Map Service

The Firewatch map service provides emergency services personnel with an online map application to help in the management of bush fires over Australia. Datasets include fire hotspots from MODIS and NOAA imagery, Landsat and MODIS satellite imagery, burnt area maps since 1997, greenness images updated daily and weekly, lightning data and other useful map layers.

South Africa
AFIS: Advanced Fire Information System

The Advanced fire Information System (AFIS) is the first near real time operational satellite fire monitoring system in Southern Africa using MODIS and MSG data.

Eyes on the Forest- Forests of Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia

Eyes on the Forest is a coalition of three local environmental organizations in Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia: WWF Indonesia's Tesso Nilo Programme, Jikalahari (“Forest Rescue Network Riau”) and Walhi Riau (“friends of the Earth Indonesia”). It was launched in December 2004 to investigate the state of Riau's forests and the players who influence it. Eyes on the Forest aims to become a clearinghouse for information on forest conservation in Riau, Sumatra and to serve as a tool for local, national and international NGO's, companies, governments and any other stakeholders who are willing to take action to conserve forests and protect the rights of the local people who rely on them.