Below is a list of resources I utilize to stay on top of the wildfires in the Sierra. I encourage all readers to learn how to utilize these resources as part of your wildfire preparedness planning.
Wildland Fire Information
This has information about all the fire incidents in the United States. Search for the fire by typing in the name of the fire in the search bar at the top right.
This has information about the fire incidents in California. Search for the fire by typing in the name of the fire in the search bar at the top right.
CalFire Prepare for a Wildfire
Need help developing an action plan? This is a good resource that will walk you through the process step by step.
NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System
This site distributes Near Real-Time active fire data within 3 hours of satellite observation from both Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). It is worth noting that this picks up individual home fires that people burn in their fireplaces.
Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide
Informational guide to fire behavior published by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
Information page created by the National Park Service.
Type in your location at the top. On the right hand side there is a list of layers including Fire Activity and Fire History. Previous fire history can provide valuable insight as to areas that have previously burned and provide some fire break protection.
Type in location in top right search bar. The legend on the right helps to explain the different markings.
This provides a map with perimeter markings of the fire. Right click to use distance measuring tool.
This is a favorite tool for all sorts of applications. I use it to become familiar with areas I have not worked in before. You can zoom in and “fly over” terrain. This is useful in seeing the type of terrain that a fire is in and the surrounding areas.
This site has a lot of good information. It has data collected from weather stations at different locations on the mountain as well as links to weather forecasts at the bottom of the page.
Wildland Fire/Air Quality Tools
Great site that provides a slew of information including smoke forecasts.
A website that provide air quality information. Type in your zip code into the search bar. It will provide a graphic meter view of the air quality in your area.
Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District
This site gives air quality measures for towns located in the Eastern Sierra corridor.
Beyond Limits Education is based in Mammoth Lakes. The TOML website has a variety of information including public service announcements.
The TOML is in Mono County. This website has a variety of information including public service announcements.
Mono County Code Red Emergency Alert
Register in this system so you can get notices from the emergency alert system. If an evacuation warning or order is issued it will notify you on your phone.
Mono County launched an incident page on September 15th.
Land Management Agencies
Mammoth Lakes is surrounded by the Inyo National Forest as well as Bureau of Land Management public lands.
United State Forest Service Inyo National Forest
If you have any resources you find useful please send them our way by emailing us at officeatbeyondlimitsedu.com (replace “at” with @).