A key resource for wildland firefighters and managers around the world is NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS), which is part of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). NASA FIRMS provides Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)- and Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)-derived active fire /hotspot data in easy to use formats. It was originally designed to get data in to the hands of natural resource managers, who don’t have the time, or expertise to process the original HDF files. FIRMS services include a fire map, Web Map Service (WMS) and WMS-Time web services, file downloads (SHP, CSV, KML) and an email alert service, which notifies users of fires in or around their area of interest.
This webinar will provide a brief explanation of the data sources, an overview of the FIRMS services including how to download the data and how to sign up for email alerts. The webinar will highlight some of the new features recently added to the fire map as well as discus some of the caveats that should be considered when using the data available through FIRMS.