Wildfire research and technology has advanced significantly over the last few years. Several new tools have been released to help communities and neighborhoods understand, explore, and reduce their wildfire risk; and several of these tools are now live on the interactive Firewise USA map.
Wildfire Risk to Communities – Wildfirerisk.org
Launched in April by the USDA Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, Wildfire Risk to Communities is the first tool ever to map wildfire risk nationwide. It's designed for wildfire professionals and communities alike and will help you understand your community’s risk. It also allows you to compare the risk of communities around you. In addition to its interactive maps and charts, it offers great solutions-oriented resources to start reducing your community's risk.
Two New Updated Layers on the Firewise USA Map - Firewise.org
You can view this layer on the Firewise USA map the same way you viewed the old USA Current Wildfires layer. Simply zoom the map to the extent of a State, or closer.
New Thermal Hotspot and Wildfire Detection from VIIRS
You can now view the VIIRS Thermal Hotspot and Fire Activity by zooming into the city or county level of an active wildfire on the Firewise USA map.
These new digital resources will help wildfire professionals and communities alike understand their risk and its context. Learn more from these and, of course, review Firewise's home ignition zone resources to put your stronger understanding into local action.
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