How Do You Track Forest Fires in California?


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Track California forest fires on the Cal Fire website. The website has a complete list of 2015 California fires and a link to the Google statewide fire map, as of October 2015. The U.S. Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center also has a nationwide Current Large Incidents map on which California forest fires are trackable.

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Click the Incidents sort order on the Cal Fire website to start tracking all California fires, including forest fires. The pull-down menu provides default sorting, as well as sorting by incident name, county, administrative unit, date started and last update. The number of incidents delivered per page can be set from five to all.

Below the incident-sorting pull-down menu is a search box to search for fire incidents by keyword, including forest fires. The information provided on each fire incident includes the name of the fire, the county in which the fire is located plus a specific location, the administrative unit responsible for managing the fire, the date the fire started and the number of acres burned plus the percentage of fire contained.

The Google map provides general locations of major fires burning in California, including forest fires. Not all of the fires listed on the Google map are under Cal Fire jurisdiction, and some may be under the command of federal or local authorities. Under the current California fires Google map, archives of past fire maps are available.

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