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Fire Information for the Northwest

Fire Information for the Northwest

In recent years, wildfires have been increasingly large and intense in the Northwest. Changes in climate are already affecting wildfires and are expected to affect future fire intensity and severity, and result in longer wildfire seasons, increased wildfire size, and increased total area burned.

This site provides a suite of resources related to current wildfires, post-fire management strategies at the national, regional, and state level. For information about air quality and smoke, visit our Northwest Wildland Fire Smoke Information page.

The National Interagency Fire Center provides a daily report on national fire activity levels, weather, and statistics, as well as a list of current wildfires by state.

InciWeb provides a national map of current fires, prescribed fire, burned area emergency response (BAER) as well as incident information.

The Risk Assessment Dashboard for Fire Managers and Incident Command Teams links to a series of products to help fire managers and incident command teams to make more risk-informed decisions to achieve safer and improved wildfire outcomes.

Wildfire Risk to Communities provides resources to understand, explore, and reduce the risk of wildfires for individual homeowners and communities, and provides a map discerning fire risk for communities throughout the United States.

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center: fire information for Oregon and Washington

Great Basin Coordination Center: fire information for southern Idaho, Nevada, and Utah

Northern Rockies Coordination Center: fire information for the Idaho panhandle and Montana

Alaska Wildland Fire Information provides current fire information, maps, contacts, and resources related to wildfire in Alaska.

Map of Alaska Wildfires: Past and Present provides active fire locations and size in comparison to fire history, lightning, land cover, and more.

Fire Information for the Yukon provides updates on current wildfires, maps, and data for fires in the Yukon. This information can be helpful for communities in Eastern Alaska near the Canadian border.

Idaho Fire Map provides a collection of fire information for Idaho hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Idaho Fire Information contains an Idaho fire map, and district-specific information.

Idaho Department of Lands Fire offers Idaho fire news, a fire map, and information on burn permits and fire restrictions.

Oregon Department of Forestry: current wildfire information provides maps and data on current wildfires.

Advanced Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer increases wildfire awareness, gives a comprehensive view of wildfire risk and local fire history, and educates users about wildfire prevention and mitigation resources.

State of Oregon Emergency Operations offers a dashboard for Oregon fires and hotspots.

The Washington Department of Natural Resource’s Information on Fires page provides information about current wildfires in the Washington.

The Washington Emergency Management Division offers Washington wildfire resources including fire status updates, shelter and housing resources, and donation and volunteer opportunities.

Highly destructive megafires have been on the rise throughout the Western United States. Dr. Paul Hessburg and his team at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station have been researching why this escalation is occurring.

Managing Forests After Fire is a Forest Service guide to post-fire management strategies and includes information on ecological and cultural post-fire occurrences.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) determines the need for and prescribes and implements emergency treatments on federal lands to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of a fire or to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources.

Managing Post-Fire, Climate-Induced Vegetation Shifts in the Northwest is a report from the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and a synthesis on current knowledge and areas of need for post-fire vegetation shifts.

Passive or Active Management? Understanding consequences and changes after large, stand replacing wildfires is a Pacific Northwest Research Station Science Findings issue that debates whether passive or active management are appropriate following large wildfires.

Emergency Assessment of Post-Fire Debris-Flow Hazards is a USGS tool that estimates the probability and volume of debris flows that may be produced by a storm in a recently burned area.

Burn Severity Explained: a StoryMap of the Shovel Creek Fire provides an example of burn severity assessment and ecology in interior Alaska.

Water Quality After a Wildfire is a guide from the USGS California Water Science Center that provides a synthesis on the effects of wildfire on water quality.

Stream Water Quality: learning from Front Range wildfires is a resource that explains the effects of wildfire on stream water quality in Colorado.

Southwest Post-Fire Resource Manager Toolkit is a site where fire managers, landowners, and communities can find guidance for assessing and preventing damage due to post-fire flooding and related events.

Lessons Learned provides a look back at a decade of wildfire in California’s wildland-urban interface (WUI) in the form of a StoryMap.