US Active Wildfire Situation Reports and Maps

forest fire in Montana
A forest fire burning the side of a mountain in Montana. (Patrick Orton/Getty Images)

There is an overwhelming amount of wildfire information available from dozens of firefighting and wildfire protection agencies. So much so that it can be very confusing to get just the right information at critical times. The following are five of the best online sources of wildfire information that fire managers and wildland fire suppression units depend on.

Here is a collection of links to the most important and current information on the latest wildfire incidents and situation reports for the entire United States. From these sites, you will have access to the most critical information from the most important wildland firefighting agencies in North America. Through these online data sources, you can dig deeper for information on individual wildfires.

Included are continually updated mapped locations of all active wildfires from the United States Forest Service and State Fire Agencies; the current situation and incident reports of these wildfires from the National Interagency Coordination Center; the forecasted reports of future wildfire potential and actual fire weather reports from the Wildland Fire Assessment System.

NIFC Large Fire Incident Location Map
NIFC Large Fire Incident Location Map. NIFC

This is the National Interagency Coordination Center's (NICC) large fire incident location map. The site gives you current information on the largest fires going on at any given time in the United States. The map displays each wildfire by name, the size of the fire and its current situation. More »

forest fire and firefighters
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Here are very detailed current wildfire daily reports and the overall North American situation by each state and province from the National Fire Information Center. This news is updated every day during the most critical fire periods. More »

WFAS Current Fire Danger Rating Map
WFAS Current Fire Danger Rating Map. WFAS

This is the United States Forest Service's Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) observed fire danger rating or classification map. WFAS compiles color-coded maps and drills down on fire danger subsets to include atmospheric stability, lightning potential, rain totals, greenness, drought and moisture levels.  More »

These fire weather observation maps are based on the mid-afternoon (2 pm LST) observations from the fire weather network as reported to the Weather Information Management System, WIMS (USDA 1995), by 5 pm Mountain Time. More »

NICC Wildland Fire Potential Assessment Map
NICC Wildland Fire Potential Assessment Map. National Interagency Coordination Center

Here is a NOAA Weather conditions map. Warnings that are classified as "red flag conditions" are shown by U.S. counties colored in deep pink. This warning indicates conditions capable of extreme wildfire destruction.

There is also a collection of the National Weather Service's fire weather forecast maps. The site gives you a projection of national fire weather for the next day that includes precipitation, temperatures, wind speeds, burning index and fuel moisture. More »

U.S. Drought Monitor Map
U.S. Drought Monitor Map. USDA

This is the National Drought Mitigation Center's drought monitor map. The site provides you with the Drought Monitor, a collection of multiple indices, outlooks and news accounts, that represents a consensus of federal and academic scientists. More »