Wildfire Resources


Satellite Fire Detection and Smoke Capabilities for Alaska Users

The purpose of this document is to assist in the operational use of new satellite capabilities for IMETs and Predictive Service Meteorologists in Alaska. Sources for both AWIPS and non-AWIPS users are provided. Because of Alaska’s northern latitude, polar satellites pass frequently over the region, and with Direct Broadcast reception, data is typically available within 30 minutes of the end of the satellite overpass. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. (Contact:


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Fire Point Mapping in Alaska: This video shows a timelapse of the fire heat points detected by GINA over the course of the 2023 Alaska Fire Season from May 15, 2023 to September 5, 2023. Recent fire points are displayed as bright red and fade to brown after a few days. Fire points frequently appearing in the same location indicate an actively burning wildfire. This product doesn’t detect points that are under cloud cover or thick smoke. This product is used by the Alaska Fire Service for detecting active fires on the Alaska Wildland Fire Information Map.

Polar Satellite Imagery for Fire Monitoring and Analysis

A presentation overview on the VIIRS fire imagery products available for fire monitoring and analysis. Products include DayFire, DayLandCloud, Fire Temperature, and more. Presentation was created by Carl Dierking, Jen Delamere, Jay Cable and Owen Larson, 2023. 


VIIRS Active Fire Detection Algorithm Training Video

Video training module for the VIIRS Active Fire Detection Algorithm (also known as the “VIIRS Active Fire Algorithm”) developed by Carl Dierking, Jen Delamere and Jay Cable, 2022.