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This is a simple map I created using the MODIS 2012 shapefile in Maptitude. Descriptions of the MODIS and VIIRS satellite fire detection shapefiles follows. Shapefiles are available for the previous 7 days and for previous years.

You can download the shapefiles directly from this website. A click on any shapefile link takes you to the metadata. Scroll to near the bottom of the page and you will find a link to download the shapefile.

The MODIS active fire product detects fires in 1km pixels that are burning at the time of overpass under relatively cloud-free conditions using a contextual algorithm, where thresholds are first applied to the observed middle–infrared and thermal infrared brightness temperature and then false detections are rejected by examining the brightness temperature relative to neighboring pixels (Giglio, L. et al. 2003).


MODIS fire detections for the last 7 days
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Cumulative MODIS fire detections for 2001

VIIRS represents a continuation of high quality AF monitoring capabilities started with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the NASA EOS Terra and Aqua satellites, and also a significant improvement of the current capabilities of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on the current NOAA operational polar satellites. Initial evaluation, following the activation of the thermal bands on January 18, 2012, has provided empirical evidence of the good quality of the VIIRS fire observations.

VIIRS fire detections for the last 7 days
Cumulative VIIRS fire detections for 2013
Cumulative VIIRS fire detections for 2012

Source: USDA FS Active Fire Maps GIS Data

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