More Interactive Maps for Tracking Wildfires and Saving Lives

We first shared some useful wildfire maps and webmap tips recently, and the post has been very popular. As a result, we’ve continued building on the list of resources and shared several more. Having access to real-time, accurate data and warnings is crucial for saving lives and property. There are many resources to help inform the public and provide real-time or near real-time information and safety tips. We share some of them below.

Carr Fire (Redding, CA) 360 Degree Views

This application, developed with WebApp Builder from @cityofredding as a joint partnership w/ @menlofire@ACSOSheriffs@CoCoSheriff, & @CALFIRESHU, shows 360 degree panoramas from the #CarrFire. Browse the map and select the push pins in the map to access the 360 degree aerial views.

Carr Fire 360 Aerial Views

CalOES Situational Awareness App

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) developed this app using the dashboard layout in webappbuilder. Users are presented with an overview map along with active fire point locations and perimeters. Incident summaries are updated daily and the dashboard provides navigation to individual map panes for each major incident. The dashboard provides data updates for various elements like acres burned, personnel on site, engines responding, and percent contained. The dashboard is an excellent way to enable access to a wealth of data that is constantly updated. Check out the CalOES Fire Situational Awareness Map here.

Fire Situation Awareness

Wildfire Status Dashboard

Bern Szukalski of Esri recently shared a fine example of an web service built with operations dashboard. The wildfire status dashboard was built using the Dashboards and included basemaps from the Living Atlas. The map shares a list of active wildfires, fire locations, perimeters, new activity, and summary charts of fires by State, by cause, and total acres burnt. Check out the map here.

Wildfire History in the US Story Map

Kara Utter and Eric Pimpler from Geospatial Training Services recently built an ArcGIS Web AppBuilder/Story Maps application with an embedded R Shiny application that enables you to visualize both historical and current wildfire information in a single application. This map application allows a utilitarian and interactive approach to visualizing the past 36 years of Federal wildfire data.

wildfire activity

US Wildfires Report from Esri

Created with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, this map service provides real-time updates about wildfires in the US. The map pulls data feeds of news observations, active fire reports, fire perimeters, watches and warnings, and more.

USFS Wildfire Map

The United States Forest Service (USFS) fights wildfires and other natural disasters in more than 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands, totaling an estimated 193 million acres or 30% of all federally-managed lands. Every year thousands of acres of forests are engulfed in fires.

Interactive Wildfire Map

Monitoring Smoke from Wildfires – FireWork

With much of the PacNW and BC, Canada experiencing near-record wildfire activity, we are now faced with the effect of wind transported smoke affecting many other regions. The pollution levels in parts of Southern BC and NW Washington have been brutal to say the least! This resource from the Government of Canada shows daily map updates and data to help you track and monitor the movement of smoke.  For more wildfire related maps and webmaps check out this blog.


Do you know of a useful wildfire web service, or perhaps you’ve been building one? Please feel free to share with us @geojobegis.

Note and a reminder to organizations who may be tasked with organizing GIS support in response to local wildfire incidents, Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online can support your GIS admin in their job, enabling rapid and efficient management of users and groups within your ArcGIS Online Org. GEO Jobe is ready to assist and support your team.

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See the first edition of this blog post where we introduced several web services for wildfire mapping

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