Heat Map (Literally): Real-Time Interactive Wildfire Trackers

A wildfire in La Crescenta, Calif., 2009. (Anthony Citrano/flickr)

Easy with the fireworks this weekend, folks!

Wildfire season is upon us, as California and other bone dry western states brace for what is all but guaranteed to be another flammable summer.

Below is a map created by CAL FIRE., which provides general locations and perimeters of major active fires burning in California. Under that, a map of active fires currently burning throughout the entire West, including a surprisingly large string in Alaska. Created by Climate Central, the map uses real-time data provided by the US Geological Service's Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group, a web-based mapping application providing current fire locations and perimeters. Zoom in to see fire perimeters. Other good, continuously updated government wildfire reporting sites include the National Interagency Fire Center and the InciWeb Incident Information System.


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