Active Fire Data

Download active fire products from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) (MCD14DL) and Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) 375 m (VNP14IMGTDL_NRT and VJ114IMGTDL_NRT) for the last 24 and 48 hours and for the last 7 days in shapefile, KML, WMS, or text file formats. VIIRS data complement MODIS fire detections, but the improved spatial resolution of the 375 m data provides a greater response over fires covering relatively small areas. Read more about VIIRS.

Data older than seven days can be obtained using the Archive Download Tool. NRT data are replaced with data extracted from the standard MODIS and VIIRS active fire products. Users intending to perform scientific analysis are advised to download the standard (science quality) data.

Please note:

  • MODIS C61 is available from November 2000 (for Terra) and from July 2002 (for Aqua) to the present.
  • VIIRS 375 m data are currently available from 20 January 2012 to the present.


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SHP, KML and TXT Files

Download the most recent SHP, KML and TXT Files

For data older than 7 days, use the Archive Download.
Users can also access daily text files for the last two months via HTTPS:

Global Fire Maps
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Interactively browse daily global MODIS and VIIRS fire locations through Fire Map.
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View MODIS and VIIRS active fire locations while interactively browsing global, full-resolution imagery in NASA Worldview.
Last Updated
Apr 2, 2021