Drought can be a contributing factor to wildfire. Dry, hot and windy weather combined with dry vegetation and a spark -- either through human intent, accident or lightning -- can start wildfire.
Predictions for wildland fire potential over the current and coming months, updated on the first of the month by the National Interagency Fire Center.
The Center maintains a collection of current information and maps about fire risks and occurrences: outlooks for the current month, the month following and a seasonal look at the two months beyond that, as well as the potential for fire over the next seven days. Regional products include daily reports and webcast briefings.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index assesses the risk of fire by representing the net effect of evapotranspiration and precipitation in producing cumulative moisture deficiency in deep duff and upper soil layers. The index ranges from zero, the point of no moisture deficiency, to 800, the maximum drought that is possible.
Interactive map of the U.S. provides national, regional and local fire weather data. It includes outlooks for today, tomorrow and 3-8 days out.
FRAMES works with regional researchers and managers to provide access to geographically-based and nationally relevant data, documents, and tools. Regional portals include Alaska, California, the East, the Great Basin, Northern Rockies, Northwest, Rocky Mountain region, Southern region, and Southwest.
The Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination (GeoMAC) is an internet-based mapping application to display current fire locations and perimeters in the U.S. Using a standard web browser, users can view near real-time information, updated daily, as well as databases for individual fires.
Weekly map of the U.S. shows locations of wildfires of 100 acres or more occurring in timber, or 300 acres or more occurring in grass/sage.
Portal to maps and data showing fire-related information including hot spots, smoke plumes, fire risk and more.
Select for "fire" and a preferred timescale and location through this interactive database to view impact reports from media and other sources.
Select a region on this interactive tool to show Satellite data generating maps which depict fire activity over the past 6, 12 and 24 hours.
Visualize drought and climate information through interactive mapping of information from NIDIS and its partners.