The New Mexico Fire Viewer is an easy-to-use, free web map showing active and past fires in the state.
To view the NM Fire Viewer visit: https://arcg.is/TbCy
The interactive map was built by our GIS Team. The map is populated with data from satellites and GIS layers showing current and historic wildfires. Viewers can search by active wildfire names to see the perimeters and hot spots, which are updated every few hours from satellite infrared images. This web map was originally published for the Hermit’s Peak and Calf Canyon fires near Las Vegas, NM.
Now, any active fire can be searched for on this website.
Data layers include: Land ownership, soil burn severity maps, and building footprint outlines for structures such as houses and barns, and another to show the burn scars from prior fires; the building footprint dataset is from Microsoft. Also included are the NMFWRI vegetation treatment data.
The web maps are built on an ArcGIS Online software platform hosted by New Mexico Highlands University. Viewers can click layers in the New Mexico Fire Viewer on and off. They can zoom in to look at details in the layers or zoom out for a broader look. The hot spot information on active fires is updated automatically every four to eight hours, streamed from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites. The fire boundary information is updated daily with data provided by the National Interagency Fire Center. Refreshing the map in a browser every few hours will show the latest information. To date, more than 305,000 people have viewed the web map.
Using ArcGIS Online we are able to stream fire data from multiple agencies, but having it all in one place allows you to make inferences about what’s happening, to help you get a full picture.
Other data in the web map comes from the New Mexico State Forestry Division, tribes, BLM (Bureau of Land Management), USDA-Forest Service, New Mexico State Land Office and other sources.
The NM Fire Viewer will be available to track future fires in New Mexico. The web map is available at: https://arcg.is/TbCy The NM Vegetation Treatment Mapping project can also be viewed at https://nmfwri.org/gis-projects/nm- vegetation-treatment-mapping/