Covering Wildfires

Covering Wildfires

Wildfire Resources

Dart Center: How to Cover Wildfires

Colorado Sun: Colorado Wildfire History in 5 Charts

Global Forest Watch Wildfires
Interactive maps, fire alerts and more from Google.

Data on the Wildfire Beat (NICAR 2020)
Slides of some great examples from Evan Wyloge, Pamela Ren Larson and Casey Miller.

Washington Post: Wildfires Interactive Map (2022)
One in six Americans live in areas with a significant wildfire risk.

NASA Active Wildfire Data Downloads
Shapefiles, datasets and more.

WildfireRisk.org
Launching April 2020, this site offers interactive maps, tables, charts and data to help inform communities about their relative wildfire risk profile, the nature and effects of wildfire risk, and actions communities can take to manage and mitigate wildfire risk.

Wildfire Incident Map

CalFire: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

SF Chronicle: California Fire Map and Tracker

California Wildfire and Smoke Map

NASA.gov Wildfire Resources

European Forest Fire Information System
Maps, data and more on wildfires throughout Europe.

Global Wildfire Information System
A joint initiative that brings together existing information sources at regional and national level in order to provide a comprehensive view and evaluation of fire regimes and fire effects at global level and to provide tools to support operational wildfire management from national to global scales.

Copernicus Climate Change Europe: Wildfires

Statista: Europe’s Wildfire Season Starts Earlier Each Year

NASA Earth Observatory: Heatwaves Scorch Europe, Africa and Asia (2022)

OroraTech
A global wildfire detection and monitoring service that uses existing satellite data and our top fire algorithms to show hotspot detection in your area. Users can create custom area boundaries and receive notifications when hotspots have been detection in their area. There are multiple map forms that allow you to assess fire risk, detect early, monitor in near real time, and analyze damages.

NASA Global Climate Change: Satellite Record Data Shows Climate Change’s Impact on Fires

Scientific American: Fast-Moving California Wildfires Boosted by Climate Change

CPJ: Physical Safety: Covering Wildfires

World Climate Service
WCS provides global subseasonal and seasonal forecast (i.e., long-range forecasts) to commercial entities. The site is helpful to journalists because long-lead forecasts are becoming a critical source of information to detect emerging climate hazard risks.

AP: Media Access to Wildfires Varies by State

Journalism.co.uk: How to Keep Safe When Reporting on Wildfires

Google Crisis Response US Wildfires Map
The map was shut down in April 2021 but the page offers links to other resources for tracking wildfires.

IQAir: Wildfire Smoke Risks and Safety Tips

SAMHSA: Mental Health and Wildfires
Learn about who is most at risk for emotional distress from wildfires and where to find disaster-related resources.

Science Brief: Climate Change Increase the Risk of Wildfires

Dart Center: How to Cover Wildfires

SFChronicle.com: Running List of Napa Valley Wineries Damaged/Destroyed in Glass

ProPublica: How Climate Change Plays a Role in Wildfires

Colorado Sun: Colorado Wildfire History in 5 Charts

FEMA Geospatial Resource Center
Shapefiles wildfires and other natural disasters.

IQAir: Wildfire Smoke Risks and Safety Tips

FIRMS
Map tracks heat signatures/wildfires.


Wildfire Datasets
Many of the resources here are from a NICAR 2020 session led by Evan Wyloge, Pamela Ren Larson and Casey Miller.

National Interagency Fire Center
This site tracks wildfires around the country, offers safety tips and more. Many good datasets about wildfires on this site.

NIFC Open Wildfire Data

WildWeb: Database of Wildfires
Easy table to scrape with links to fires across the country.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group Map

Intterragroup
Cloud-based services and centralized, visual picture of your resources, the fireline, your preplans, and more, all in near real-time no matter where you are.

NOAA: Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product

CalFire Fire Severity Zones Maps

Oregon Wildfire Data

Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal

MODIS: University of Maryland Wildfire Data

USFS Fuel Moisture Database

North American Wildland Fuels Database

Canadian Wildfire Database

Use QGIS to Create an Australia Wildfire Map (NICAR 2020)
Great exercise.

Use QGIS to Filter and Analyze Australia Wildfire Data (NICAR 2020)


Great Examples of Wildfire Coverage

LA Times California Wildfires Map

LA Times: Maps of the Wine Country Fire

Arizona Central: Ahead of the Fire: Where Will the Next Wildfire Strike?

How the Redding (California) Record Searchlight Built Its Wildfire Maps

Capital B News: How Two Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters Are Building a Movement
One in three wildland firefighters in California are incarcerated. It’s a complicated practice that underscores climate change’s wrath.


Fire Weather Resources

WFAS Severe Fire Weather Seven-Day Forecast


Australia Wildfires

Space.com: View the Australia Wildfires from Space

Google Crisis Map: Australia Weather

Crisis Map from 2013 Australia Bushfires

BBC: A Visual Guide to the Australia Wildfires


More Wildfire Resources

Christian Science Monitor: Where Should Journalists Draw the Line When Covering Wildfires?

Alert Wildfire
A consortium of three universities — The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the University of Oregon (UO) — providing access to state-of-the-art Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) fire cameras and associated tools to help firefighters and first responders: (1) discover/locate/confirm fire ignition, (2) quickly scale fire resources up or down appropriately, (3) monitor fire behavior through containment, (4) during firestorms, help evacuations through enhanced situational awareness, and (5) ensure contained fires are monitored appropriately through their demise.

Alert Wildfire: San Diego
Map and cams of wildfires in the area.

Video: Evaluating Fire Evacuation Routes
Produced by Evan Wyloge.

Watch Duty
Wildfire updates available as a phone app or through a browser-based tool.

Cascadia Fire Season
Blog maintained by a former reporter.

Geographic Area Coordination Centers
Tracks wildfires on a regional basis

NWCG Fire Map
Track wildfires around the U.S.

FlightRadar24

FireMappers: Wildfire Early Notification Map

The National Forest Foundation

Fire Safety Research Institute

Broadcastify
Track local fire and rescue scanners.

2018 Camp Fire Crisis Map (Northern California)
For the California Fires, the Google Crisis Response team has made available Crisis Maps with information specific to the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County. We are also publishing a KML with updated satellite imagery for use in Google. The maps contain a variety of available information, including shelters, traffic, fire perimeters, and some satellite imagery. As additional data becomes available, the team will add it to the maps.

ALERTWildfire Network Map
A consortium of three universities — The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the University of Oregon (UO) — providing access to state-of-the-art Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) fire cameras and associated tools to help firefighters and first responders: (1) discover/locate/confirm fire ignition, (2) quickly scale fire resources up or down appropriately, (3) monitor fire behavior through containment, (4) during firestorms, help evacuations through enhanced situational awareness, and (5) ensure contained fires are monitored appropriately through their demise.

2018 Wooley Fire Crisis Map (Southern California-Malibu)
For the California Fires, the Google Crisis Response team has made available Crisis Maps with information specific to the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County. We are also publishing a KML with updated satellite imagery for use in Google. The maps contain a variety of available information, including shelters, traffic, fire perimeters, and some satellite imagery. As additional data becomes available, the team will add it to the maps.

ProPublica: They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?

NPR Wildfires Forecast Map

Red Cross Wildfire Safety Checklist
Tips galore.

Covering Extreme Weather: What to Avoid and How to Get It Right
Tipsheet from Journalist’s Resource at Harvard. Focuses part of the research on wildfires.

On the Map for Emergency Management
Access detailed U.S. Census Bureau reports on the workforce and population for current natural hazard and emergency-related events.

NOAA: State of the Climate — Wildfires
From May 2012.

Science Daily: Wildfire News

National Geographic Wildfire Basics
Good stats and science behind wildfires.

Study: Preventing Wildfires: Fuel Treatments in Forests

Mayo Clinic: Heat Stroke
Symptoms, treatments, etc.

Mashable: How Social Media is Helping Colorado Wildfire Relief

HowStuffWorks.com: How Wildfires Work

Study: Long-Term Perspective on Wildfires in the Western US

CDC Fire Deaths Map
Click on the image map to find listings of fire deaths by state.

Twitter.com: 2007 Southern California Fires Coverage List
A quick scan of headlines.

International Association of Fire Chiefs

CDC: List of Fire Associations

Emergency Preparedness on a Shoestring

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Looks at safety concerns, studies, expert resources, etc.

Cutter Law: Wildfire Safety for Homeowners

World Resources Institute: Wildfires

National Fire Protection Association: A Reporter’s Guide to Fire

BIA.gov: Wildfire Prevention and the Media

Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology

NY Times: Books to Read on Fighting Wildfires

Nieman Lab: Dangers of Covering Environmental Disasters
Dealing with the physical and mental toll of covering wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters.


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