How can you find information about active forest fires?


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Active forest fire information is available on InciWeb, an interagency incident information system designed to provide the public a standardized and single source of incidents in the United States. Some state agencies also provide timely updates about wildfires in their states.

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InciWeb is under the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and is affiliated with other agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Fire Administration. The information in the site comes from these agencies.

To find information about active forest fires on InciWeb.com, visit InciWeb.nwcg.gov and check the Current Incidents on the homepage. The site lists all active fires across the country. The list may be sorted out by type of incident, state, status, size of affected area and time of update.

Wildfire-prone states, such as California and Arizona, have dedicated wildfire prevention and information websites. California's fire incidents include detailed information about the fire, such as the size of burned area and containment percentage, the exact time and date the fire started, and the last update about the fire. Arizona's interagency information system includes updates from InciWeb and the Southwest Area Coordination Center. Arizona also posts information about the air and smoke quality in the state and before and a GEOMAC Wildfire Map that gives near real-time information about wildfires in Arizona and other parts of the United States.

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