Fire Information for Resource Management System

Providing Active Fire Data for Near-Real Time Monitoring and Applications

The Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) distributes Near Real-Time (NRT) active fire data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua and Terra satellites, and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard S-NPP, NOAA 20 and NOAA 21 (formally known as JPSS-1 and JPSS-2). Globally these data are available within 3 hours of satellite observation, but for the US and Canada active fire detections are available in real-time.

The active fire / hotspot data can be viewed in FIRMS Fire Map or in NASA’s Worldview , delivered as email alerts or downloaded in the following formats: SHP, KML, TXT, WMS

FIRMS is part of NASA’s Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EO (LANCE).

Fire Data Academy features examples of analyzing and visualizing fire data using Google Colaboratory (Colab), Jupyter Notebooks, and Python.

For Tips, Suggestions and What's new visit FIRMS Blog

For Frequently Asked Questions visit FIRMS FAQs

About the Fire Information for Resource Management System

NASA FIRMS uses satellite observations from the MODIS and VIIRS instruments to detect active fires and thermal anomalies and deliver this information in near real-time to decision makers through email alerts, analysis ready data, online maps and web services.

FIRMS was originally developed by the University of Maryland, with funds from NASA’s Applied Sciences Program and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO). It was transitioned to NASA LANCE in 2012.

FIRMS focus and objectives include: