Does the USFS offer current wildfire information?


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The Forest Service tracks current wildfires and posts the information on its website. The information is updated daily with data from satellites and firefighting teams on the ground.

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The Forest Service maps large wildfires currently burning in the United States. The information includes the status of fires, such as whether they have been contained, and the level of the management team responding. The satellite information comes via a thermal-sensing instrument called the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS. It’s on two NASA satellites in a polar orbit.

In addition, the Forest Service information is integrated on the InciWeb website, which compiles information from multiple agencies. This site can be searched for specific information in a state. Named fires have details, such as the acreage burned. The Forest Service is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but its information is comprehensive, including fires requiring the resources of other government agencies.

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