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Tracking wildfire burn areas
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Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Planning: Tracking wildfire burn areas on 06/30/2013 21:42:04 MDT Print View

Found this navigable map website for public information on wildfire burn areas on, a major GIS (geographical information systems) company (current 7/30/2013) It loads without GIS software (no ESRI, no Google Earth - I opened in Mac's Safari) and you can probably bounce off major landmarks to see specifically where the burn areas may impact your future hiking plans until the area's vegetation regrows.

These maps uploaded to BPL below are small but you can zoom, expand, and pan to your hearts content on the website itself, capture it to the desired sizes, etc..

Remembering the threads from a month ago, here is the shape (scale below left) of the current area of the Pecos wilderness and nearby NF, plus the Jemez currently burning in 2013
burn areas northern 730

Zooming in one can see the shape of the burn and make general plans accordingly once the forest reopens

jarosa burn

Southern New Mexico in the Aldo Leopold of the Gila (the dots are the lead area of the fires).burn areas southern 730

ed: instructions and zoom photo

Edited by hknewman on 06/30/2013 23:15:56 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Planning: Tracking wildfire burn areas on 06/30/2013 22:35:31 MDT Print View

I use two other resources -

Active Fire Map will provide information on a fires size, growth, estimated containment, etc. Just click on the numbers on the map.

This map is updated by 8 am MT, or earlier.

Infrared Mapping for ground details. Google Earth is required though. Click on Download, Google Earth will start, and the NIROPS overlays will appear. You can see the current active front, as well as the progress over the past 6 days. Zoom in tight to get the date of the last IR imaging.

The names for the fires are consistent. "Thompson Ridge" on the Fire Map will be "Thompson Ridge" on the NIROPS map.

This is updated by priority request, but can be several days old if the fire slows down.

Edited by greg23 on 06/30/2013 22:59:47 MDT.