Wild Fire notifications and preparedness. Receive Alert notifications in your area.
Wildfire Alert LLC uses a United States Geological Survey (USGS) databases
for notification of Wildfires. The USGS uses a satellite system for wildfire detection
and it uses this information in combination with ground based information to update
their databases and establish wildfire perimeters.
Presently, the Wildfire Alert System uses the following four databases as the source
of information for use in this website, including alerts.
These database are available at the following USGS website:
Based on the USGS Wildfire FAQs at http://www.usgs.gov/faq/taxonomy/term/10621,
perimeters are updated when the personnel on the fire create and make available a new
perimeter. Once the perimeter is made available, the perimeter is downloaded, quality
checked and loaded into the database. The file from the National Interagency Fire
Center (NIFC) is downloaded every morning starting at 6:30 am MST/MDT. A check for a
newer file is done every hour until 10:30 am MST/MDT.
Wildfire Alert LLC queries the USGS Perimeter databases once per hour, 24 hours per day
and measures the distance from the members identified property location to the
closest latitude and longitude location on the perimeter of the wildfire as
identified by the perimeter database.
Wildfire Alert LLC will query the NIFC databases once per hour, 24 hours per day and
measure the distance from the members identified property location to the latitude
and longitude “point location” provided by the NIFC for the specific wildfire. (Note:
NIFC does not provide wildfire perimeter information.)
Additional fire data is input by the site administrator, accessed from a variety of online sources and news reports.
And most importantly fire location information is input into the Wildfire Alert Database directly, using the “Report Fires” functionality of the Wildfire Alert website and Mobile Applications, by fire department personnel and other members.
The Wildfire Danger Classifications are provided by the United States Forest Service –
Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS). The WFAS has fire weather observation
stations located all across the United States, however they are much more
concentrated in the western states.
These Observation stations collect weather information and this information, in combination with
local fuel supply information, is used in a complex formula by the WFAS to calculate
the daily “Wildfire Danger Classifications” for that area.
Wildfire Alert LLC collects the Wildfire Danger Classifications from the WFAS on a daily basis
and informs members that are located within 100 miles of a specific observation
station, of the previous days measured classification.
Please follow the link bellow to see the definitions of the “Wildfire Danger Classifications”
and other information from the WFAS.
Wildfire Alert is NOT an emergency notification system, does not identify all wildfires,
and the information provided can contain inaccuracies. Please contact your local emergency response agencies or the American
Red Cross for details on local fires and what steps you need be taking if you believe a fire is endangering your property.