How to add the most recent wildfire data?

In this article, you will learn how to create a map with the latest wildfire information.

This documentation is always evolving.

Need a map with the latest wildfire information? We have live layers with the latest wildfires from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in the USA and from the Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) in Canada, available in the Data Layers menu. The Wildfire layers contain the known perimeter of all current active wildfires and is continuously updated every hour.

Next to the Wildfires in the US and Canada, we also offer a hotspots layer (NASA Firms), which shows hotspots in Europe and Australia. These hotspots are based on infrared radiation, so wildfires will be part of this data. However, not all NASA Firms hotspots are wildfires necessarily, as the infrared radiation detected can be the result of many other sources (volcanoes, industrial sites, oil refineries, campfires).

This is how you can get it to work:

Select the Wildfire US or Wildfire CA layer from the list of Data Layers. If you don’t find this layer in your menu, please contact our Support Team.

In the elements list, you now see the Wildfires and Wildfire Perimeters groups: 

You can make use of the hide function of the layer (eye symbol) to decide, yourself, what kind of information you’d like to display or hide.

Wilfier group + wildfire perimeter group - US Wildfire data layer

The following entries will be added in the Wildfires group:
  • Icon USA-New legend wildfires      USA - New
  • Icon legend wildfires     USA < 300.000 acres
  • Icon legend wildfires     USA 50.000 - 300.000 acres
  • Icon legend wildfires      USA 10.000 - 50.000 acres
  • Icon legend wildfires     USA 1000 - 10.000 acres
  • Icon legend wildfires     USA < 1.000 acres
  • Icon USA-Prescribed Fire legend wildfires     USA - Prescribed Fire
  • Icon USA-Incident Complex legend wildfires     USA - Incident Complex
  • Icon legend wildfires     Canada - Out of Control
  • Icon legend wildfires     Canada - Being Held
  • Icon legend wildfires     Canada - Under control

Note that the USA and Canada groupings are different because of the data comes from different sources. The USA – New layer contains all wildfires in the USA that are younger than 24 hours old.

How to get this map updated

If you’d like to show this map on your website, we recommend you download this map as an iframe. The map published on your website will then also automatically update.

And on a static map?

That’s very simple. Go to “Open Project” to look for this map you’ve already previously created. Reload your map and it will automatically also have the most recent data of the wildfires. Download your map again and you’re ready.