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FIRMS delivers global MODIS hotspots / fire locations in easy to use



The near real-time (NRT) active fire locations are processed by LANCE using the standard MODIS MOD14/MYD14 and VIIRS 375m Fire and Thermal Anomalies algorithms. For

MODIS each active fire location represents the center of a 1km pixel that is flagged by the algorithm as containing one or more fires within the pixel; for VIIRS this is a 375m pixel. Data older than the last 7 days, can be obtained from the Archive Download Tool; the tool provides NRT data and when available standard data. Currently the VIIRS data are not replaced but MODIS NRT is replaced with the standard MCD14ML fire (monthly) product from the University of Maryland (UMD). FIRMS also offers monthly MODIS Burned Area (MCD45) images through Web Fire Mapper.

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FIRMS was developed by the University of Maryland, with funds from NASA’s Applied Sciences Program and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, to provide near real-time active fire locations to natural resource managers that faced challenges obtaining timely satellite-derived fire information.

An operational version of FIRMS, known as the Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS) was running at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) where it complemented the FAO’s existing suite of projects that deliver near-real time information to ongoing monitoring and emergency projects, to other UN organizations as well as providing information to the general public. This is no longer supported.

For more information on the MODIS fire products, visit the UMD MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area products website.

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